Little Button has always been very into imaginary play and is quite happy to wrap anyone who’s willing up in her world of make-believe. Whether she is taking us up into space to see the planets or playing Mr and Mrs Chicken (more on that another time!), she will always have a corker or two up her sleeve for the unsuspecting person who asks ‘do you want to play?’.
It’s easy to underestimate how important this type of play is when you see it all the time, but did you know it has a significant impact on the development of a little ones:
-Social and emotional intelligence
Some researchers go as far as saying that imaginary play can also be used to predict a little ones future social success and the limits of their creative thinking. What do you think?
In order to encourage your little one you may need to think about ‘setting the stage’ for them, try using props you already have such as bits and bobs from the kitchen to set up a play shop or cafe. You could make a magical outdoor space for exploring.
Build a den the old fashioned way out of sheets and a couple of chairs… even a bed could double up as a genie’s magic carpet.
Think outside the box and give the gift of make believe.