Benefits of pretend/imaginary play

10 August, 2020
A couple weeks ago I discussed the development of social play. This week I will discuss a type of play – pretend play.

Pretend play is important throughout life and starts in infancy. As adults, we are constantly using imagination to solve problems, invent new things, enjoy a book or movie, to come up with ideas, and think creatively.

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Five reasons to encourage pretend play:


How to encourage pretend play:


Benefits of pretend play:

Toys for pretend play:


Things to look for if your child is not playing in different ways:

All children differ in their thinking and learning styles that they can build on. Often you can play with their strengths and slowly build on their variety of play. If you are concerned about your child’s play, speak to your preschool teacher/other carers, GP, paediatrician, or an occupational therapist or speech pathologist.

Pretend play should be fun. When children let their imaginations take over and play together there are no limits to where their minds will go and the enjoyment they will have.

Stay safe, happy, and well.


By Debbie Evans

Executive Director

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