The importance of pretend play

The importance of pretend play

Pretend play or imaginative play introduces the concept that one thing can "be" another — a huge leap in your child's understanding. Pretend play allows children to experiment with and learn about the power of language, how it affects us and those around us. It also helps them to understand that words give us the means.

As children play, they develop fundamental cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Young children also learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves, how to cooperate and share with others


Ways to Encourage Pretend Play


Encourage them by being a character yourself.

Read to them in a child tone, leaving open-ended questions to stimulate their creativity, practice doing this especially before bedtime.

Find a safe play space for kids to play, whether inside or outside and fill them with stuffed animals, costumes

Let them take the lead always and follow their directions.

Provide our children with open-ended toys

Do be afraid of a little chaos

Show them how it's done

Seriously limit screen time

Every day and recycled objects can encourage your child's creative development

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Stages of Play

Stage 1: Solitary play.

Stage 2: Parallel play.

Stage 3: Imitative play.

Stage 4: Associative play.

Stage 5: Cooperative play.

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  • Vicky - April 22, 2020

    Pretend play is one of the essential preschool activities for children. Great job!!!

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