What comes to your mind when you hear words Pretend Play or Imaginary play?
When I hear the words “pretend play” I think of my daughters pretending they are princesses in a castle, having a tea party.
You might be thinking should we encourage pretend play or discourage it?
According to my research on this topic, most research says that pretend play is recommended and is considered important for children’s development. By pretend playing children develop their skills such as social, emotional, language, and thinking.
Social and Emotional Development
is developed by children intersecting with others where they learn to engage in cooperative play by taking turns, sharing toys, teamwork.
When children play with others they improve their communication skills as well as learning how to listen to others.
When children are pretending to play they are trying new ideas where they are encouraged to problem-solving. Starting out with who will play which role. In those kinds of situations, children use important thinking skills that will be used throughout their lives.
What do you need to encourage imagination?
You don’t need to go out and buy accessories for your kids to encourage imagination, you can just use things that you already have in your house such as :
Empty boxes different sizes children love creating a home out of them, cars, etc..My girls love painting boxes making them into houses for their smaller dolls. They often add windows, Cooking utensils, dishes, plastic food containers.
Stuffed animals and dolls of all sizes
Different fabric pieces, pillows, blankets doors, art on the wall, etc. it is amazing all the things they come up with.
Accessories, clothes, shoes, hats, purses, (kids love dressing up and pretending they are a grown up) Magazines, books
Do your children enjoy pretend play?