What is pretend play?
There are many ways to describe pretend play. Essentially pretend play occurs when children imagine something. That is, they impose a meaning on what they are doing that is beyond what can be seen. For example, they might be feeding a teddy bear but the teddy bear in sick and needs a doctor or they might be pushing a truck in the sand pit but the truck gets a fat tire and runs out of petrol.
Is it important for child development as it is linked with language development, narrative language, abstract thought, logical sequential thought, creation of stories, and social competence with peers, self-regulation, social and emotional well-being, creativity, and the ability to play with others in the role of ‘player’.
What is a pretend play group?
Pretend pay develops from simple to complex levels of ability and in a developmental sequence in the typical development of pretend play and to observe play in children the Symbolic and Imaginative Play Developmental Checklist (SIP-DC) (aged 12 months to 5 years) and it breaks down the skills within pretend play into six areas: