Sometimes, kids can’t answer right away when we ask, “What are you doing?” Because sometimes, they don’t know yet! Sometimes, they’re just busy doing.

Independent Play Graphic

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When kids are engaged this way, in independent, self-directed play, they are choosing what to play and making up their own rules for how to play – maybe even changing it as they go along. And doing so is really important for their learning and well-being.

Exploring and playing independently allows kids to use their creativity and natural abilities to learn about themselves and the world around them.
  • Promotes perseverance

  • Builds self-esteem

  • Builds self confidence

  • Promotes problem-solving skills


When you notice your kids engrossed in an independent, self-directed activity, try just letting them play for a while! They are likely concentrating and figuring something out – you can ask them what they were doing later.

Adapted from NAEYC