Why imaginary play is so important

April 3, 2016


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
-Physical development
-Cognitive development
-Language skills


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.


Imaginary play, 3 Little Buttons


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.


Let their imaginations soar, 3 Little Buttons



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10 responses to “Why imaginary play is so important”

  1. I totally agree imaginative play is so important for brain development and social development. Let their imagination soar is perfect message to get out there! Thank you for linking up with #candidcuddles

  2. I love seeing my little girl wrapped up in her own imagination. Let there be fairies and dragons and unicorns and spaceships I say. I love your drawings hun. This one in particular!

    Dawn x

  3. I totally agree with you! Imaginative play is so important. I think kids who use their imagination & creativity become great thinkers as adults! I love your drawing as always, it’s precious. Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles

  4. This is something that I have really missed out on having a son with autism. His play is extremely restrictive and he has never engaged in imaginary play. When I was young I loved playing with my figures and making up stories and making dens etc my youngest engages in this play with some friends but also prefers other types of play like football or drawing. Brilliant drawing again. I think you should be a children’s book illustrator. TY for linking up with #FamilyFun

  5. Edward says:

    Imagination is very important. I had a lot of it when I was younger and I believe it has helped me to be a creative person now.

  6. Agree 100% Imagination opens up a whole world for them, a cardboard box can be a space ship, a race car, a submarine! Definitely worth encouraging! #bloggerclubuk

  7. This type of play is so vital. I get so much joy when I see my children pretending to be shop owners and sailors, amongst other things! I need to be better at encouraging them so thanks for the reminder!

  8. This is so true! I love initiating imaginary play with Monkey I’ve even been known to spend an afternoon making a play post box with felt envelopes!! Love the work of art at the bottom too :). Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK xx

  9. So important, I think people feel they should encourage this play but don’t really value it! As someone who spent hours trying to encourage it, I know. From #BloggerClubUK You might like this too http://rainbowsaretoobeautiful.blogspot.com/2015/10/rocky-reality-autism-and-imagination.html

  10. Sally Wilkes says:

    I completely agree! I’m one of three and as kids we always used to be out in the field making up games and needed nothing but our imagination. I think I’ve already fallen into the trap of buying my little one every toy going yet all she wants to play with is shredded paper and makeup brushes!

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