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The Importance of Pretend Play

My kids are spoilt. They have grannies who buy them toys and as a blogger I am fortunate enough to get a fair amount of goodies for them via blog drops and reviews. As a result I avoid buying them toys and I am in the process of clearing out the toy room to include the toys they actually get value out of.

Toys are important for a whole lot of things, I understand that but I also understand the importance of pretend play which doesn’t always need toys. 

I hear some of you asking why pretend play is so important, well let me tell you. 

It helps with their social and emotional development. How often have you heard your child playing pretend and saying things their teachers say or their friends or even you. This is often your child making sense of things they experience and trying to understand and process them. 

They also develop their verbal skills why they are playing with their dolls or other toys. I often sit and listen to Emma playing in the toy room and she will say words and phrases I never realised she knew yet. 

Pretend play can also help your child to develop their problem solving skills and improves memory and encourages them to think creatively. When they are pretend playing they can be and do anything which encourages them to think outside the box.

Below are a few toys and items that I think work so well for imaginary play in young kids.

Mattels new Enchantimals  – these are probably my current favourite toy. They rely completely on the child’s imagination and they can go anywhere they want to with these dolls.

You can find out more about these on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

Plain paper and crayons. Drawing is a great way to nurture your child’s imagination. Jack loves drawing and will spend ages drawing the perfect car or super hero. Importance of Pretend Play | HarassedMom

Pots and pans from the kitchen. Cooking is a part of everyone’s daily life. Kids see this and they are always eager to get involved. Give your little a few old pots and pans or buy them a kids set and let them cook for you. Mine have some crockery and cutlery and often play restaurant with each other. Importance of Pretend Play | HarassedMom

Building blocks. Blocks, be it wooden blocks or lego blocks are the best for pretend play because kids can literally build anything they want to. They can make mazes, obstacle courses for their cars, build houses, the possibilities really are endless.

What are some of the games your little ones play?

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  1. 2 May, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Blocks is my toddler’s favourite nowadays. She then builds things like “a windy castle”. Music instruments (toys) are also good, then she’s a pop star like her daddy.

  2. Johanet
    3 May, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Lego, puzzels and paw patrol seems to be the favorite at the moment in my house.

  3. 4 May, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I love Lego and dolls. They are interesting and cute.

  4. 7 May, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    My son loves building blocks and puzzles. He sits for ages doing puzzles

  5. 7 May, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Such a great post! I think the simpler the toys the better! my son loves Lincoln logs, blocks and his kitchen!

  6. 8 May, 2018 / 4:28 am

    My one year old has stacking cups and pretends to drink from them and then comes and gives me “sips” too. It’s pretty remarkable! Thanks for sharing some great toys.

    • Laura-Kim
      8 May, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      I wish we did. This was at a restaurant – it was stunning

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