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Pretend Play

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Play is a child’s way of engaging and making sense of the world. Role play may appear to be a very simple activity, yet within it, young children learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves, how to cooperate and share with others.

Written by: Sharon Donnellan  

Pretend Play
 

 

 

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 to re-enact situations, to put our point across and to make ourselves heard and understood.

 

Pretend play is essentially when children are role playing and are acting out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them.
 

They are experimenting with decision making on how to behave and are also practising their social skills.  Children learn from experience: from what happens around them, from what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch.   To absorb those experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary play. 

 

We as adults can often undervalue imaginative play.  Play is a child’s way of engaging and making sense of the world.  Role play may appear to be a very simple activity, yet within it, young children learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves, how to cooperate and share with others.

 

Provide your child with a space in your home for imaginative play.  It could be a separate room or even just the corner of a room.  Fixed or built-in wardrobes are great places for imaginative play.

 

Another great place for imaginative play is the dinner table, remove all the chairs and cover the table with sheets, it becomes an instant cubby house or even a castle where a beautiful princess is kept captive by an evil dragon.

 

Couches are another great place to begin imaginative play; again a sheet thrown over the couch can become a tunnel or a cave that an explorer needs to investigate. Canopies and play tents can create a great place to begin the imaginary world.  The play corner or imaginative play area should be changed regularly with different props and toys to keep children stimulated by it.

 

 

 
 
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