Pretend play is the ability to transform objects and actions symbolically. If you closely watch a young child’s pretend play, you will see that he is learning about the real world around him by exploring imaginary situations. Children use pretend play to “practice” and explore what is and isn’t possible. Pretend play also gives children the opportunity to try out their ideas and solve problems as they create the characters and “rules” in their world
Tips for parents: Encourage your child’s pretend play in two easy ways. First, set aside some time each day dedicated to just playing. This should be time that is free from distractions, like TV. Secondly, create a Pretend Play Box or cabinet that contains items that will inspire your child’s imagination. Items like dress-up clothes, props, empty boxes, cardboard tubes, and blankets can open up a whole world of fun, imaginary, pretend play – just the kind of play that will help your child learn to entertain themselves and to be creative thinkers and problem-solvers.