I am a superman I can fly.”
“Look at my magic wand.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”. Albert Einstein.
I’m sure all of you must have seen your child imagining a simple object to be an extraordinary plaything. A dupatta becomes a saree, pencils do the job of rockets, an eraser becomes an airplane and the list goes on…
We all know and agree with the fact that play is important for the overall development of the child. Play is not a luxury but a necessity. So is the case with pretend play/imaginative play, because children learn while doing.
Pretend play is not something new, it’s deeply rooted within the hearts of the children since decades. We are seeing our children doing pretend play, our parents have seen us. But did we ever try to find it benefits? I guess no. When children begins to pretend play, means they can have their own perspective, think logically and symbolise.
During imaginative play, children can be anything they want to be: a policeman, a doctor, a superhero, a princess, anything. They get to experience a variety of roles. This enhances their self-esteem, which is one of the main benefits of pretend play. When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. They learn to share, be cooperative, be creative and that allows them to think outside the box. It not only improves memory but also develops problem-solving skills, and a bunch of new ideas. While pretending, they try out different roles, and each time playing a different character they have new feelings which make hem emotionally stronger.
Pretending is a magical time of discovery. Not only the child comes to know about his capabilities, but it also surprises us as well with the most little things of our child which we didn’t know yet. “And that’s a WOW moment. So don’t cut down their wings, let them fly and learn while flying.
Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director, and the actor in his own play.” Magda Gerber