February 08, 2019 2 min read
The benefits of pretend play have been celebrated for years. It is well known that young kids learn by imagining and doing. Whether they are playing with a stick or an expensive toy, your child is using an object to represent something greater and imagining themselves in another role or place. While it may seem simple, pretend play is an incredibly important part of a child's early development.
By entering the role of another person, your child will naturally widen their language usage (particularly when they adopt roles they see every day). You'd be amazed to see how accurately children can mimic the language and inflections of family, friends and teachers. Through play, they will learn the value of language and how new words can help enact a story or organise their play. This process ultimately helps children make connections between spoken and written language.