Kids & Pretend Play: How Pretend Play Prepares Children for Real Life by Teacher Karen
Does your child like to play superheroes? If so, fantastic! They’ve already found pretend play. Some may worry their children’s feet aren’t on the ground or they’re distracted, but engaging in pretend play really shows an advance in their child’s cognitive processing!
According to Professor Karen Hutchinson of Rowan University, “Play is actually the work of a child in which they are preparing themselves for adult roles and for society at large.” Given that’s true, you’ll want to encourage pretend play for your kiddo! Here are just some of the benefits of pretend play:
- Helps children move from concrete thinking to more abstract thinking.
- Promotes problem-solving skills.
- Addresses emotions – both positive and negative.
- Stretches a child's imaginations.
- Fosters language development.
- Provides a risk-free environment to try new things.
Children don’t need elaborate costumes for pretend play. Everyday items like scarves, hats, vests, aprons, ties, gloves, jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, old clip-on earrings) and add purses, briefcases, umbrella strollers or maybe a cane, will work. Children will create their own pretend play scenarios by adding these props to their toys.
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