Although it is fun to instruct your child on how to sort and play with educational toys properly, you need to give your child the opportunity to experiment and try things alone. Very often this involves doing something seemingly random with the different play objects, but the important thing is that your child is learning from the experience. Children learn more from activities and toys they find interesting, so you can use your child's level of enthusiasm as a guide to planning playtime activities.
You can also base playtime on specific activities or themes, depending on your child's interests. Finger painting, playing music with improvised percussion instruments, or collecting creepy crawlies in the garden are all fun and beneficial as activities for children.