The Importance of Play for Infants and Toddlers  * Toddler Play Reflection  4/4 

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Tess (14 months) is a shy little girl who is very sensitive to noise. She becomes upset easily and doesn’t like to play with toys that pop up or that make music. She is also very apprehensive about being around other children. Her caregiver, Anna, is aware of this and has made a cozy corner for Tess that is away from noise and bustle where she can play happily with books, blocks, and soft toys. Gradually Anna introduces Tess to new, more interactive toys. If this upsets Tess, Anna puts them away and reassures her. She also supports her in interacting with the other baby she looks after, 15 month old Amy. Sometimes Anna sits with Tess and Amy in the cozy corner. Anna introduces a teapot and cups to the girls and they pretend to have a tea party together. The girls pretend to drink form the cups and Anna gives her Teddy some tea too. Tess imitates her and then offers her cup to Amy. Anna pours some more tea for the girls and she talks softly about what is happening. Sometimes Tess shows her enjoyment by smiling and displaying positive body language; at other times she begins to cry and indicates that she wants to play on her own.