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The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development.
By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. 

Imaginative play is a vital component 
to normal child development.

Many people often think of play 
in the form of images of young 
children at recess engaging in 
games of tag, ball, using slides, 
swings, and physically exploring 
their environments. But physical 
play is not the only kind of play. 

We often use the terms pretend play 
or make-believe play (the acting out 
of stories which involve multiple 
perspectives and the playful 
manipulation of ideas and emotions), 
that reflect a critical feature of 
the child’s cognitive and social 
development. Over the last seventy-five 
years a number of theorists and researchers 
have identified the values of such imaginative 
play as a vital component to the normal 
development of a child.
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To involve you child in imaginative 
pretend play, do drop in to Kartwheel. 
we have loads of pretend play toys 
that will engage both you and your 
child in hours of fun.Our kitchen, 
shopping zone, toy house, cupcake bakery, 
handy man tools are some of them.

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