Research shows that pretend plays a very important role in a child's development. Nobody can deny that pretend play helps to sharpen the creative side of the child. My son is 18 months and I encourage pretend play always.
My son, he just loves cooking. Early morning as soon as he gets up the first thing he asks for is a cooker. Even if he has one thousand toys, the joy he gets when he is playing with the kitchen utensils is something else. He pretends mixing things in a pan. He says amma, rice and then he gives it one nice mix. Then he says gas and pretends keeping it on a stove. He makes a whistle sound. I mean, he can spend an entire day just cooking. Then he pretends using the blender. He closes a pan with his hand and makes the blender sound. He then feeds everyone around including his teddy.
My husband gets worried sometimes seeing him with the kitchen set always. He asks me, is my boy not playing with cars? Not that he does not play with them, but he spends most of the time cooking:) I really don't think we have to worry about an eighteen month old boy playing with kitchen utensils. A girl child may play with cars and a boy might play with pans and spoons. At least until they are five years, it does not make a difference what a girl or boy plays with. The point is, we have to encourage pretend play for the benefit of the child.
My son of late has started mimicking the doc. He takes the ipod earphones and uses it as a stethoscope. Pretend play helps improve their observation skills. Young children are constantly looking around, observing the things and people and constantly learning. Pretend play is just an aid to improve their skills.
Do you have pretend play ideas, feel free to share (leave a comment). Here are some interesting pretend play toys.
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