Kids & Pretend Play: How Using Their Imaginations In Pretend Play Prepares Children for Real Life Fun With Dad

Do your kids like to play superheroes or throw princess tea parties? If so, fantastic! They’ve already found pretend play. Some may worry that their children’s feet aren’t on the ground or that they’re distracted, but engaging in pretend play really shows an advance in a 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 scarveshats, vests, aprons, ties, gloves, jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, old clip-on earrings), purses, briefcases, umbrella strollers or maybe a walking cane, will work. Children will create their own pretend play scenarios by adding these props to their toys.

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Comments (20)

Mike Prochaska
Yes another awesome tip by teacher Karen
Mike Prochaska
What kind of pretend play does everyone’s kiddos do? Mine love dress up in Halloween costumes. We always clear out the shelves the day after Halloween discounted costumes
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
That's a great idea to buy Halloween costumes when they'r eon clearance, Mike Prochaska ! I love these tips by Teacher Karen !
Mike Prochaska
What kind of pretend play does everyone else’s kiddos do? Post some pictures!!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Wow, awesome pretend play pics, Mike Prochaska - your kids are so cool like you! 👍 Teacher Karen
Teacher Karen
Pretend Play kiddos in Rent the ToyChest dress-up costumes
Teacher Karen
This reminded me of times at the steel mill....!!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
You are so right about the many benefits of pretend play, Teacher Karen . And I love all of your great photo examples, Mike Prochaska !
Teacher Karen
Mike Prochaska kiddos guaranteed to have a good time--their Dad values PLAY!
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