When planning for play, let your child take the lead. Look at her interests and introduce a play scenario that you know she will find interesting. Expect that she may deviate from the plan and follow her lead as she explores new ways of interaction. Remember that a child’s attention span will lengthen as she grows.
Encourage her attempts at communication by talking about your play. Give her time to respond. Talk back to her in a conversational style. Include appropriate hand motions, animal noises, actions and facial expressions to help her understand what you are saying as well as to give her an alternate means to communicate back to you the same information.