Finding time to play with kids can be challenging if parents are working but the most important gifts we can give our kids is time and time to play.
Play is considered so important to child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Kids who participate in play based learning have shown in mathematics and other subjects.
What is Pretend Play?
Pretend play is a form of symbolic play where children use objects, actions or ideas to represent other objects, actions, or ideas using their imaginations to assign roles to inanimate objects or people.
Pretend play involves Playing out a character in role play. For example, a child might pretend they are delivering the post, or selling food at a shop, or being a mother, or being a policeman, or being a doctor and so on. To do this children are learning what that particular person says and does.
The process Pretend play helps child's development skill in many areas like
- Social and Emotional development: When a child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life.
- Improves language communication skills: By pretending to play with others, he learns that words give him the means to reenact a story or organize play.
- Develops thinking, learning: Studies have shown that kids who are encouraged to use their imagination are more creative in their adult life.
- Problem solving abilities: Through cooperative play, he learns how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve.
These skills contribute to academic success and success in life in general