Let's Pretend

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Around 18 months old, children start to engage in pretend play, imitating the actions of adults such as talking on the phone or putting on shoes. This is an exciting time for parents as they observe their child preparing to be a grown-up.

Pretend play is an important part of a child’s development, with two types identified as fantasy play and socio-dramatic play. Fantasy play typically begins around age 2 and involves children interacting with peers and toys while constantly verbalizing their actions and slipping in and out of character. Socio-dramatic play involves children immersing themselves in a storyline and continuing to act in character without explicitly stating that they are pretending.

Both types of pretend play are crucial for a child’s development, as they help develop social skills, empathy, and the ability to understand and express emotions. Children also learn to regulate their emotional reactions and develop positive emotional expressiveness through pretend play.

Parents can support their child’s pretend play by using props and joining in the play to guide the storyline. Around age 3, children begin to differentiate between plausible and unrealistic scenarios during pretend play, retaining more information from plausible situations.

Imaginary friends and pretend play have been shown to indicate a high level of creativity in children, and playing make-believe is beneficial for a child’s development in every area. Planet Apple Toys offers a wide range of toys to encourage pretend play and cater to every child’s interests.