Amy, BeanBean plays by himself whenever he gets the chance. He just keeps up a running commentary.
He'll find *someone* to talk to, even if he has to imagine them.
He also plays on the computer by himself now that we can run Starfall
. BooBah, unlike her brother at this age, still *needs* a nap every day, so BeanBean gets a bit of time alone every day (though sometimes he needs and asks for more).
I'm really looking forward to BeanBean learning to read *well*, because that will mean more quiet time for the rest of us. If I can get BeanBean reading on his own by the end of the summer, but still have BooBah taking naps... well, my world would be a beautiful place.
I have no idea how to teach a child to play on their own, though. BeanBean is always coming up with these projects and ideas, and he just carries them out-- like, he built a ramp out of the old siderail from BooBah's toddler bed, and then devised several ways of lifting it and putting it into different positions. I was really quite impressed when I saw what he'd done, but I have no idea how he came up with it all.
This project occupied him and kept him (relatively) quiet for a whole day, from just after breakfast until Mike came home. He messed with it for the better part of a week, when BooBah promptly turned it into a ramp not for cars but for her behind.
Maybe Georgia just needs some more not-toys which are "safe" and child-friendly around, to encourage her to do things on her own. I find that given a toy car and just about anything else (small bungee cord, some funnels, plastic cups, those spongy paint brushes, etc) BeanBean will amuse himself for ages....