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One of the skills that we parents should develop after we have children is the ability to observe. Especially in early childhood, the period from gestation to age 6, children are a daily factory of novelties both from the motor and cognitive point of view as well as the social and emotional. Suddenly, that little person starts to walk, talk, and even “chirp” and you get the impression that it came from nowhere. Have you ever felt that? This same observation should be applied to playtime. Suddenly, without you expecting it, the make-believe game begins. Continue reading “At what age do kids play pretend with toys?” »

A playhouse is a great way to add extra fantasy to your children’s childhood. Providing a safe and controlled outdoor environment will allow your little ones to express themselves by letting their imaginations and creativity run wild! Simply fill it with a multitude of toys and furniture, then let your kids run wild. The best way to make your playhouse as fun as possible is to decorate it! Continue reading “What is the purpose of a children’s playhouse?” »

Where can you find police officers, veterinarians, office workers, princesses, karate instructors, and chefs all happily working side-by-side? In a dramatic play area of a classroom, of course. A child’s pretend play in classrooms or at home is often considered fun and imaginative, but with limited educational value. The truth is, in the midst of creating a restaurant together, clomping around in grown-up shoes, or twirling around with friends in a fairytale land, children are learning to solve problems, coordinate, cooperate, and think flexibly. Imagine the skills required to turn the sandbox into a dinosaur bone excavation site! Continue reading “What is pretend play in early childhood?” »

Play has a massive impact on speech development with some children starting to talk as early as 6 months old. By the age of two, most children have a wide vocabulary of single words and are beginning to use simple sentences to communicate their needs, thoughts, and feelings. Around this time, children are also moving away from solitary play and starting to display social skills through first, parallel play, moving towards cooperative play. Continue reading “How does play enhance language development?” »

It is no secret that Pretend Play forms an essential part of a child’s development. Children learn by observing, imagining and doing. We often think of “play time” as a time reserved for running around the playground and letting off steam between lessons, or for sitting down quietly with a few good toys to tinker with. These forms of play are important in themselves, but they are not the only forms of play. Continue reading “How does pretend play help a child’s development?” »

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