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Benefits of Pretend Play

Girl Teaching Stuffed Animals
Have you ever watched your child play dress up with your clothes or crawl on the floor meowing like a kitty? These are great examples of pretend play and while they may seem simple, these pretend play skills actually strengthen many areas of your child’s development.

If you have listened to your child having a conversation with themself during playtime, you may be surprised to hear words and phrases you didn’t realize your child even knew. Often they reflect back what they have learned from us. This process helps children understand the power of language and make the connection between spoken and written words.

Social and Emotional
Through pretend play, your child learns how to take turns, share responsibility, and problem solve. As she pretends to be different characters, she develops empathy, or the ability to see things from another person’s perspective. This is a very important life skill in helping children understand the feelings of others.

Nurturing the Imagination
If there is not enough pretend play at your house, consider filling up a prop box to spark your child’s imagination. Some items you may want to include are:
  • Large cardboard boxes or plastic crates
  • Dress up clothes found at the Salvation Army or Goodwill (which, as an added benefit, helps support those in need
  • Old Halloween costumes (after Halloween sales are a great time to obtain these!)
  • Cooking utensils, dishes, food containers, old pots and pans
  • Stuffed animals and dolls of all sizes
  • Old telephone books, telephones, and magazines