The Importance of Pretend Play

What seems like child’s play, is actually the developing brain working very hard. Pretend play sparks a child’s imagination and creativity.  High quality pretend play can spark cognitive, emotional, social, language and motor development.

  1. Cognitive Skills – pretend play encourages problem solving, self regulation, memory and understanding of rules.
  2. Social Skills – when children are engaged in imaginative play with their peers there are rules to follow such as turn taking and respecting others ideas.
  3. Language Development – children need to understand language and express with words or gestures during pretend play.
  4. Emotional Development – during pretend play children will frequently act out different emotions – a crying baby or an angry teacher.
  5. Motor Development – During imaginative play children will perform different motions, manipulate imaginary or real objects and be physically activity, all adding to their motor skill development.

The activity ideas from Growing Play help to take everyday play one step further.