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
Stages of Play
Stage 1: Solitary play.
Stage 2: Parallel play.
Stage 3: Imitative play.
Stage 4: Associative play.
Stage 5: Cooperative play.