Hamsters are great, fuzzy little pets, especially for young kids learning some responsibility. You can even play and cuddle with them! The most important step to playing with your hamster is to get them used to you handling them. Start by holding them for short periods of time each day. If they start to get too stressed out when you are holding them, make sure to put them back in their home and step away for a while to let them calm down. You can also try rubbing your hands in some clean hamster bedding, as this may make them more comfortable being in your hands. Avoid waking your hamster up for playtime, as this can make them cranky.
Whenever you are handling your hamster outside of the cage, be sure that there are no places for them to run away. The bathroom with the door closed is a good idea, or you can get or make your own little hamster pen so that they can safely run around without them getting away or injured. Avoid playing with them on a table or counter that they could fall off of, as this could seriously injure them.
Playing with your hamster each day could include letting them run around an outside pen, or letting them cuddle up to you when they feel like it. Don’t force them to stay on you or with you, as this may make them distrustful of you. You can also create a fun little maze out of paper towel tubes, and use treats to coax them through! There are plenty of great and fun ways to play around with your hamster safely!