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Pretend Play More Than Just Play

Pretend Play More Than Just Play

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Spread the loveQuality Time With Your Children A little something we tend to overlook in life. It is a minute thing but has significant impact on our children as it will influence how our children will grow, both psychologically and physically. Hence the reason why I spend most of my after work evenings or weekends

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Quality Time With Your Children

A little something we tend to overlook in life. It is a minute thing but has significant impact on our children as it will influence how our children will grow, both psychologically and physically. Hence the reason why I spend most of my after work evenings or weekends at home with my children, play pretend that we are on a grand adventure or just out on a stroll at a nearby park.  

Playtime is a great way for children to learn and with you, parents, spending time to play with your children will boosts the effect. This because by having two ways interaction, not only help boost children’s imagination but also their communication skills. 

Though in this article we will be taking a look at pretend play to be exact. A method of playtime proved by researchers to be helpful in improving children’s creativity and cognitive flexibility due to active imagination use. And with you accompanying their pretend play will help them to understand that other people have different thoughts, beliefs that are different from theirs and they should respect it. 

This is what is called “theory of mind” concept, a concept where you understand that others have their own beliefs, desires, intentions and perspectives. By having you, the parent, to share your imaginations and mix it together with that of your children it will help them understand other people have their own ideas too, and they can work it together with theirs. If the ideas can’t be mixed together, they can always politely agree to disagree. This way subtly you will teach your children how to get along with others. 

Does This Apply To Babies?

Yes, it is. For babies age 18 months and above they are already able to hear and perceive information, thus it is imperative for parents to communicate with their baby as frequently as possible because it will build the baby interaction and communication skills. Babies around the said age are considered as ‘toddlers’. This is actually where pretend play starts for your children, they will imitate what adults, or their parents do. As a parent you can further enhance and improve your baby toddler pretend play experience by responding to them, this will let your child know that each action they did will have a response from another. 

You can broaden your baby toddler experience by taking them out on a stroll to a nearby park, there your child will able to see myriads of acts and let your baby toddler act it all out. Or if you are the type often go out jogging at the park it is still possible to pretend play with your baby while you are jogging. Get a jogging stroller and strap your baby in it, as you push the stroller while jogging you can imitate sound effects from vehicles which will make your baby feels he or she is driving a vehicle. 

What Are Other  Benefits Pretend Play Has?

Expressing Their Feelings

Aside from building children’s cognitive ability and creativity, pretend play also helps in widening children’s vocabulary. When other children involved in their pretend play, your child will be able to appropriately address and express their feelings. And if you, the parent, often involved in their pretend play then your child will learn how to appropriately address others people that are much older than them. 

Problem Solving

Pretend play provides the chance for problem resolution for your children. For example, your child and his/her friend wants to play the same character, then they need to work out a deal like maybe take turns playing the character or find a way to defeat the villain or monster. In each of their made up scenario they will need to think carefully and critically on how to overcome the problems. This will greatly assist in your child’s problem solving skills and critical thinking development.

Emotional Growth

When children pretend play they will assume a character and through the character your children will help to develop empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand others feelings and to share one’s feelings. 

More Than Just Playing

The next time you see your children play pretend, remember that it is more than just brandishing wooden sword to slay an evil dragon. It is actually an important part of your child’s growth and learning session.And your involvement will serve it better. The more you are involved, the better it will be for your children.

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