Two year old Independence
Our daughter is 25 months old. We have her enrolled in a phenomenal preschool that creates numerous opportunities for her to play, be social, go on hikes, be outside, and so on. We also make sure to mix in plenty of play time on busy weekends. In other words it feels to us like she gets plenty of interactive play time. Nevertheless, from the moment she gets home it's "go play? Go play?" And she finds our hand and drags us to her play room. Same thing in the mornings -- even though she likes school and we talk to her about it, she would still rather play at home, interactively with us. We both work and we need just a few minutes to ourselves when we get home sometimes. But any effort to encourage her to play by herself for even a moment results in a meltdown.
What tools have other busy parents found to encourage their kids to play independently on occasion? Or is it too soon developmentally? Should we just give up and always have one person on kid duty?