Benefits of Imaginary Play:
- Social & Emotional Skills:
- Language Skills:
Imaginary play helps a child understand the power of language. You may even hear them say some words that you didn’t even know they knew! Children are great at copying the grown ups in their lives–mom, dad, teacher. In order to be engaged in imaginary play, a child must have the right words to act out the story or scenario, so imaginary play allows them to come up with the words as they go along.
- Problem Solving Skills:
Imaginary play allows the child to re-enact situations they see in their daily lives, including problems faced. What happens when Mommy is cooking dinner and the child spills her milk? How does Mommy react? These are the types of situations that allow the child to engage in pretend play, and solve dilemmas that arise. By practicing problem-solving skills in imaginary situations, this will better prepare the child for solving problems in real-life situations.
- Cooperative Play:
Much of the time, when a child is engaged in imaginary play, they are playing with other children. These situations require that each child takes on the role they are to play, and to stay within those boundaries. Research shows that children are better able to control themselves and their impulses more when they are engaged in imaginary play than at other times.