5 Reasons Why Kids Need Pretend Play

Posted on 18 November 2016

Do you remember your younger self pretending to be a pirate, a cook, or a princess? Kids have a lot of fun playing pretend. And if you haven't known, pretend play is a vital part of every child's development. The next time you see kids dramatize, know that these are healthy activities.

Today, I'm going to share with you the top 5 reasons why pretend play is an indispensable part of every growing child's life. 

1. Pretend play helps develop a child's language skills. 

When kids engage in imaginary play, they imitate the voices of characters they pretend to be. For example, a child that pretends to be a mother tries to mimic a woman's voice. If the character happens to be an animal, kids make animal sounds too. Spoken words are meaningful in pretend play. Sometimes, you may be surprised that kids are able to imitate your language or popular lines from their favorite cartoon characters. 

2. Pretend play enhances the imagination. 

Children can be anyone they want to be while playing pretend. They can imagine themselves as doctors, veterinarians, teachers, and other interesting characters. This allows them to dream - a wonderful way for kids to think what they want to become as they grow up.

When was the last time you dreamed of becoming someone without feeling restrained? We envy kids for that reason. 

3. Pretend play develops a child's thinking skills. 

Adding numbers, planning which foods to cook, thinking about what accessories to use for their play enables children to apply what they have learned in school or from their surroundings. Subjects in school that can be applied in pretend play include Science, Art, English, and Mathematics. 

4. Pretend play enables a child to improve his social and emotional skills.

Being able to relate to fellow peers is one of the best things that kids experience. In pretend play, kids agree with one another who pretends to be who. Team work and cooperation happens. This is a good thing since children will be able to get along with each other better. 

For the emotional aspect, pretend play helps a child develop empathy. By dramatization, they will understand what it's like to stand in the shoes of another person.

5. Pretend play makes use of a child's physical skills.

Holding and rearranging objects that come in various sizes and shapes is one way for a child to use his physical skills. Hand-eye coordination is improved. Common toys that kids use in pretend play include dolls, food shopping carts, cooking sets, stuffed animals, costumes, and more. 

Final Thoughts

Experts are convinced of the benefits of pretend play, and so should you. Kids should be encouraged and offered support. Don't let them miss out on this wonderful opportunity while they're still young!

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