Play is an essential part of your toddler's daily life. In the early years, children learn about their world through exploration and interaction and your child's physical, cognitive and social development is enhanced through play. It's therefore vital for his wellbeing that he has daily opportunities to play, ideally in various settings, so that he can enjoy physical activities, interactive and social play, as well as quieter activities that develop his problem-solving skills and engage him creatively.
In the pre-school years, your child's first and most important playmates are his parents and family.
Finding ways to play with your child is hugely beneficial for you, as well as him, as you can enjoy engaging fully together and develop a strong and trusting bond. Keeping your child stimulated doesn't have to involve vast expenditure or cupboards full of toys. A few staple age-appropriate toys will suffice, and there are plenty of simple games that you can play together that won't break the bank.
Try some of these for inspiration: