Pretend Play - It Never Ends, Unless...

Where can you find police officers, veterinarians, office workers, princesses, karate instructors, and chefs all happily working side-by-side? In a pretend play area of a classroom, of course.

A child’s pretend play in classrooms or at home is often considered fun and imaginative, but with limited educational value. The truth is, in the midst of creating a restaurant together, clomping around in grown-up shoes, or twirling around with friends in a fairytale land, children are learning to solve problems, coordinate, cooperate, and think flexibly. Imagine the skills required to turn the sandbox into a dinosaur bone excavation site!

When your child engages in pretend play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. … When your child pretends to be different characters, he has the experience of “walking in someone else’s shoes,” which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy.

Pretend play also gets your child ready for the adult world and can develop a love for a vocation early. My sister is now a ward sister in the NHS and I could have predicted this back then. I was always having to pretend to be ill with some sort of ailment, she would be dressed in a nurses outfit with her medical box there to take temperatures, hear my heart and so on.

We have a number of ideas and play kits so you can develop your child’s love of pretend role play.

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