“Pretend play” is an essential part of childhood

2016.06.30

Children start pretend play between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
The type of pretend play depends on the child but some popular forms are pretending to be a shop owner, pretending to be a doctor and pretending to be a superhero.

Adults often think pretend play is just play but this type of play is an essential part of a child’s growth process.

During pretend play, children enter a world of make-believe.
This type of play encourages the development of a child’s observation skills, imagination skills, acting skills, social skills and communication skills.

Development of a child’s imagination and emotions

In the world of make-believe, toys and leaves become plates and sand and rocks become food to eat.
Simple tools and rocks turn into objects that parents cannot imagine.

Children also become heroes and idols during their pretend play.
Pretend play during which objects and people changes their roles is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination skills.

It is also requires acting skills to take on the different roles in the story.
Stories are created ad-lib so children are forced to think and imagine as they go along.

Development of human relationships and social skills

During pretend play, it is necessary to form relationships with peers and cooperate with each other.
For example, during a pretend play about the family, one child will take on the role of the dad and another child will take on the role of the mom.
It is important that each child takes the other character’s feelings and behavior into consideration when they act out their role.
When children cannot wait their turn, follow the rules and cooperate with each other the world of pretend play is destroyed.

Sometimes children end up getting into an argument or having trouble in the midst of pretend play.
However, this helps them learn how to solve problems hands-on.
During pretend play, children can learn social skills and about emotions.

Enjoy pretend play!

Pretend play starts by trying to copy adults and older children.
As a result, conversations during pretend play are often based on how parents and teachers speak.

Children who read a lot of books with their parents from a young age start pretend play earlier.
Also, children who enjoy communicating with lots of people also are more likely to enjoy pretend play. If children attend classes from a young age they will have the opportunity to make lots of friends who they can play make-believe with.

Pretend play is very good way to expand a child’s imagination and other skills.
When possible, parents should get involved as well to make pretend play even more effective.

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