Notes on Parenting

Insights for parenting babies, toddlers, teens, and young adults.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Advantages of Make-Believe Play

Make-believe (or imaginative) play is actually a very positive thing for young children--especially during the preschool years. The following are a few of the advantages that can come from make-believe play:

  • Preschoolers who spend more time in imaginative play are: more advanced in intellectual development, able to concentrate for long periods of time and more socially competent
  • Make-believe play strengthens memory, logical reasoning, literacy and creativity
  • The ability to reflect on one's own thinking and the perspectives of others are also more enhanced through make-believe play
Be sure to foster an environment that allows your young children to use their imagination and engage in make-believe play. As parents, you can also use imaginative play to your advantage in trying to build positive routines and discipline.

What are your thoughts on make-believe play?



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