Pretend Play Makes Better Thinkers
Recent research from the University of California Berkeley indicated that children who were better at pretend play were better at thinking about different possibilities. By imagining the way things will work, children try to predict if what they are doing will work. Then when done pretending they can compare their results to real life experiences. The researchers speculate that pretend play is what helps make humans so smart.
Reference: Gopnik, A. Let the Children Play, It’s Good for Them! Retrieved on 7/18/2012 from www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Let-the-Children-Play-Its-Good-for-Them.html#ixzz212949FPk