As a first time mom, I made the mistake of comparing the way that my child played to other kids. I saw kids his age interested in all kinds of toys and he really only wanted to play with circular objects–bowls, cups, coasters. I modeled, role played, got him different toys, and it didn’t make a difference in his play.
That’s because I was trying to convince my child to be interested in things that I wanted him to be interested in. I didn’t embrace his play and meet him where he was at. But once I did, it created opportunities to find new interests while also honoring his current interests.