November 28, 2014

Why is pretend play so important to child development?

Pretend play is strongly linked to language, narrative language, abstract thought, problem solving, logical sequential thought, creation of stories, social competence with peers, understanding a social situation, integration of emotional, social and cognitive skills, and the ability to play with others in the role of a ‘player’. [Read more on the connection between play and literacy.]

Examples of pretend play are: dressing up; playing shops; having tea parties with teddies and dolls; putting blocks in a truck and pushing it to the ‘building site’; playing in the sandpit with roads, trucks, graders etc. to create a play scene of transport vehicles; playing with dolls and feeding them, putting them to bed.