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Why imaginative pretend play is important in child development

You must have seen your child playing with a box instead of the toy that came in it. For us, that just a big box, but for the child, it could be a car, a spaceship, or a war bunker, depending on his imagination.

This is called Imaginative Pretend play, and it’s not just a kid playing with a box thinking of it as something. This process is more complex and important than most people understand.

Children are more creative and often use their imagination while playing, which from a distance seems odd or childish, but in reality, it’s the display of a child using his creative imagination to play games. 

Many studies prove that children love to use their imagination while playing. It also confirms that it plays a vital role in developing various skills and numerous benefits for the child.

Here are four benefits of imaginative pretend play for your kids:

The child learns language skills:

You must have heard your kid saying some words while playing imaginary games. Words that surprise you because you didn’t even know that the child was familiar with them. Kids are amazingly genius when it comes to picking words, phrases, and even voice tones from different places, and while imaginative role-play when they require more words, they unload their box of unused words or phrases. This teaches the children the power of languages and how they are used while organizing play. This provides good practice for a strong command of words and languages in the future.

Children Develop thinking skills: 

Children who engage in imaginative pretend games more often tend to have strong mental growth. While playing pretending play, children create different stories, characters, creatures, dialogues, etc., which act as a brainstorming activity. Children solve many problems when engaged in imaginative plays, making their thinking skills very sharp, a great advantage for future school and college life.

Emotional and Physical Development:

Imaginative games allow children to learn about positive and negative feelings and affect one’s life. While role-playing, they know what it’s like to walk in another person’s shoes and teaches them the lesson of morals and empathy. It also acts as trying to understand different emotions and tackle them.

Imaginative plays are not just brain boosters but also warms up the entire body of the child. He has to act both verbally and non-verbally in the game, which requires a lot of energy. Uses of different props in the game give him a quick exercise, which is considered healthy for children.

Social development Skills:

When children play imaginative pretend games, they continuously learn different social roles. Children learn how to cooperate and compromise while playing with their friends. While imagining different stories, the child put him in another person’s shoes that teach him empathy and passion for helping others. It teaches the child that they can’t always be the center of attention. 

While playing with props or dolls, children also learn how to have a conversation by imagining a response from them and boosting their self-esteem by being the hero of their tale.