How Pretend play Spurs Learning, Growth & Development in Children?
Pretend play is known as one of the most important and a fun way in a child’s learning and development phase
Imagine a situation…..🤔
Police officers, doctors, office employees, chefs, parents etc are all happily working together in a happy place.
This is only possible in a dramatic play at Jumpstart International Preschool.
A child pretending play is deemed as fun and imaginative way of playing. However, with limited educational and developmental value.
On the contrary, early childhood experts state that children benefit significantly through engagement in pretend play activities.
How does pretend play help children:
Learn about themselves and the world:
Through these play experiences, children often learn about their likes and dislikes. They also learn their interests, skills, and capabilities. In addition, they try to make sense of their observations and experiences.
New life experiences:
For instance, if you would have witnessed children pretending to role-play as a doctor and patient. One child pretends to perform a check-up on the other, using a stethoscope or giving an injection. In other words, Children experience things and situations that are common and at times confusing or scary.
Engaging them in such activities, children get more comfortable and are ready for different life events and experiences.
This also helps them to understand personal life events and challenges, like family member’s illness, or the absence of a parent, etc.
Cultivation of social and complex thinking skills:
Contrary to the general belief, pretend play requires advanced thinking strategies, along with social and communication skills.
Children learn to negotiate. They understand and consider the other person’s perspectives.
They are able to transfer knowledge and information from one individual and situation to another, express and listen to thoughts and ideas, create a strategy and act on it, assign tasks and roles.
Develop social and emotional intelligence:
Communication is the key to success. Our lifelong success and happiness rely greatly on the way we interact with others.
Pretend play helps children understand how to interpret social clues, identify and control feelings, negotiate and take turns.
Learn to use knowledge and skills together:
Children need a variety of opportunities to blend and use their skills and knowledge together and pretend-play is an ideal way to do this.
For an example:
Going to the ‘grocery’ store:
a. The children learns to recognize the store
b. Groups items in different sections
c. Communicates through words or signs
d. Experiments with shapes and weights
e. Uses math and calculations to determine prices and estimate grocery bills
f. Works collaboratively with their friends as they assign roles to each other
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