While some toddlers are able to pretend play with ease others find it a little difficult to get so involved. There are a few ways you can help even the most reluctant pretender to let their imagination loose and here are just a few tips to get you started.
- Read books and watch some playful television shows. There are plenty of stories where the main character uses their imagination helping to give your little one ideas on what imagination play is all about – and others will simply help to inspire pretend pay as children imagine they are in the world they have read about. There are shows on the television such as Chloe’s Closet which can be worth a watch too.
- Put plenty of open ended toys in the play space – these are items that can be used in multiple ways, props for the imagination if you like. Cardboard boxes are brilliant for open ended play as well as pillows, chairs and blankets or sheets.
- Dressing up is brilliant fun so it’s fun to have a box dedicated to this type of activity. You don’t need to go out and buy expensive play costumes, just build the collection over time adding old clothes, scarves and suitable jewellery and accessories.
- Choose dolls and soft toys and promote care giving play – feeding the baby, getting ready to go out to the shops, bedtime routines or even trips to the doctors make good play routines that will give the imagination a boost.
These are just a few ideas that will help imagination grow at playtime. Which are your favourites?
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