The development of the imagination during childhood helps as adults to perform many of the tasks that daily life demands. As adults we constantly use imagination to help invent new things, visualize, solve problems, enjoy a movie, understand others’ perspectives, make plans, come up with ideas, and think creatively. #askmorefromyourtoys
If you aim to raise a wholistic, brainy and equipped adult encourage #pretendplay in your child
Typical developmental pretend play progresses through predictable stages:
✅Self-pretend(12-18 months) During this stage, children perform one pretend action at a time on themselves, such as pretending to eat.
✅Simple pretend(18-24 months) Children at this stage perform simple pretend actions on toys or people. Eg . Using a plane toy and making it fly
✅Series of familiar actions(24-30 months) Just as children this age are learning to combine words together to make little sentences, they are also learning to combine pretend actions together. At this stage, children can act out a series of pretend actions. For example, the child may get out a toy bowl and spoon, pretend to pour cereal into the bowl, add some milk, and serve it to a doll. Children can use less realistic objects at this stage.
✅Series of less familiar actions(30-36 months) Less familiar themes enter children’s play at this stage. They may pretend about going to the doctor or being a waiter at a restaurant. Children can pretend without an object
✅Role play with other children(3-5 years) Children pretend about imaginary themes now (things which do not really exist or that the child hasn’t experienced yet in real life), such as pirates, castles, and superheroes. Children start to pretend with other children at this stage, each taking on different roles.
While it’s impossible to invest in all these toys needed for pretend I take Sey to a safe play area which is toddler safe. The possibility of play is numerous and they interact with stranger kids and learn to co-play which is essential for social development.
What’s your child’s favourite pretend ? Let’s share ideas here.