Pretend Play and its Importance in Children’s Cognitive Development
Numerous scientific studies have established that pretend play during early childhood is important for developing your child’s creativity, cognitive skills, fine/gross motor skills, self-esteem, speech, sensory skills and even social skills.
Understanding Pretend Play
Children, especially younger children, learn best by using their imagination. Pretending that a remote control is an airplane, or role-playing at being mom/dad, superhero, or doctor helps your child understand the world around them. An active imagination helps kids develop alternative perspectives, crucial for inculcating empathy and morals.
The Role of Pretend Play in Children's Cognitive Development
Cognitive development is probably the most important skill that pretend play builds. Cognitive competence will help your child throughout their life in solving problems and thinking critically. A recent study at Miami University confirms that high-quality imaginative play facilitates abstract thinking, language abilities and higher-level thinking skills.
Best Pretend Play Toys
When it comes to buying pretend play toys for your little one, you are spoilt for choice. They are available for babies as young as two years old, going all the way up to seven years. Here are our top picks.
Toy Construction Tool Set: Made by One Step Ahead, this six-piece toy construction kit (bucket, hand float, watering can, etc.) will keep your little builder busy for hours. For ages 1 and up.
|Of course! These aren’t your only options. Fishing sets, baking sets, restaurant sets, school sets, office sets, fruits and veggie vendor sets, ice cream sets, car sets, play camp sets, supermarket sets and dress up kits are all wonderful ways to encourage and nourish your child’s imagination and cognitive skills.|