Acting out Simple Play… Learning to Pretend.
Pretend play encourages a child to actively experiment with the social and emotional roles of life. When a child uses social play they learn to take turns, share responsibility, and problem-solve, but when a child uses their imagination and pretends to be different characters they have the ability to “walk in someone else’s shoes,” which eventually contributes to the development of empathy.
At school we have many tools for the children to enhance their imagination, such as: dress-up clothes, cars, blocks, cooking utensils, etc. We also have two year olds playing with 3’s and 4’s and this helps to younger children to learn how to grow in the use of their imagination. We learn through play!