Do your kids enjoy playing imaginatively?
Here’s some benefits of it:
Develops language and communication skills. A lot of imagitive play involves conversations and imaginative play gives children an opportunity to practice speaking in an informal environment and sometimes without an audience (ideal for children who lack a bit of confidence). Practice social skills they have learnt and seen. As their language develops they can also experiment with role playing negotiations, arguments, turn taking, sharing and making friends. And again, all these are practiced in the comfort zone of play.
Reduces anxiety about situations past, present or upcoming. For example playing dentist at home may help build confidence for an upcoming dental appointment, by building up their understanding of what will happen when they go. And playing with a baby doll may help them adjust to a new sibling.
It develops Creative Thinking Skills. By having to pretend and imagine, children develop these useful skills that they will need to develop new ideas and solve problems.
It can help parents identify any problems/worries. Imaginative play can also be like a window into their lives as children will often act out situations that they have experienced. For example they may play with one toy by getting it to ‘shout’ at another toy after they have been shouted at by another child.
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