The Importance of Pretend Play

Pretend play is a vital component to a child’s development.
According to pretend play (also referred to as dramatic play) helps the cognitive, social, and emotional development of a child.
Importance of pretend play
Here are several ways that pretend play impacts a child’s development:
  • increase use of language and vocabulary
  • expressing positive and negative feelings
  • increased self-regulation
  • empathy
  • problem solving
  • communication
  • cognitive flexibility
  • creativity
  • organization
Here are some ways that we’ve inspired pretend play in our homes.
Just create an invitation with the materials and let your child take them and use them in a way they are inspired to. Many times my son or daughter would use those materials in a way that I wasn’t planning or thinking they would. THAT IS OK! That is more beneficial than you telling them how to use the materials!
Doc McStuffins pretend play
pretend play for toddlers

Play Restaurant with Felt Pizzas 

pretend play for toddlers

Take Your Stuffed Animals for a Walk

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Sort Your Play Food and Play Grocery Store

pretend play

Play Office with an Old Keyboard

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Make a Paper Bag Neighborhood for Your Characters

pretend play

Grocery Shop with Printable Shopping Lists

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Open a Letter Store

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Make a Carnival with Games

What ways have you inspired play in your home? Leave a comment below to inspire us all!

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