Pretend Play and Executive Function

The Journal of Experimental Psychology published research on 110 children between the ages of 3 and 5 years who were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: fantastical pretend-play intervention, non-imaginative play intervention, or business-as-usual control in order  to determine the relationship between fantasy orientation and executive function.  The results indicated the following regarding pretend […]

Secret Agent Missions – Pretend Play

These pretend play Secret Agent missions encourage children’s literacy skills, creativity, imagination and physical activity all while having FUN!  Download these 3 free missions from the Pretend Play Secret Agent packet.  Get more information on the complete Secret Agent Packet below from Growing Play. DOWNLOAD SECRET SPY MISSIONS. Secret Agent Packet – includes secret agent oaths, club, handshakes, secret codes, […]

Pretend Play Passport

How cute is this pretend play passport?  Start your imaginary travels off by creating this passport.  Just print and set off on your adventure.  This freebie is from the Transportation Pretend Play Packet.  Kids of all ages will love this new download! Download your FREE Pretend Passport. Preview all the pages from the Transportation Pretend […]

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Santa Pretend Play Packet

Merry Christmas again from Growing Play!  Here is a great, FREE, Santa pretend play packet to encourage imagination, creativity and fun in children during the Christmas season.  Hang up the posters around the room to create different stations.  Use the printables at each station to encourage fine motor skills, physical activity and literacy.  Super easy, […]

Pretend Play Masks

Pretend Play Masks

Download two free masks from the Pretend Play Masks packet. They are in color or black and white so you choose whether to print in color or color them yourself.  Get 20+ masks, including animals, fairy tale characters, super heroes, community workers and more with the Pretend Play Masks complete download at Growing Play. Illustrator […]

5 Unique Pretend Play Ideas

1. Pretend Play Library – if you follow my blog you know that one of my favorite things to do with my children is go to the library.  It is so peaceful and quiet with so many learning opportunities.  Here is a great set of free printables so the children can play library at home. […]

5 Tips to Help Children With Pretend Play

Many children love to play pretend and create elaborate imaginative settings and characters.  Some children may need a little extra help to expand their make believe play skills. Here are 5 simple tips to help your child or student develop pretend play scenarios: Ask questions about what the children are playing?  This will encourage the […]