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Today I want to talk to you about imagination play as this is a big hit in my house at the moment. So lets talk about Imaginative play what it is and how it can benefit your child.
What is Imaginative/Role play
Imaginative play is essentially when children are role playing. Role playing is letting your child be as free and as imaginative as they can be. Children like to act out or impersonate real life situations or re enact something they have seen on TV. From experience my children like to talk American when they are playing as they watch a lot of American YouTubers . Role playing has huge benefits on your child helping them to become more social and helping them to interact with others.
I have been spending a lot of time watching my children when they play and observing how they talk and how they sit. I think the first thing to do is find a place where you child likes to play and feels safe. My children like to sit in the middle of the living room and surround them self’s with there favourite toys and play.Be involved in your Childs play, offer to sit and play with them and talk to them about what it is they are playing i.e. shops, cafes. We can also help our child by providing props with their play. I have listed some ways to help below:
Playing shops? Why not take some tins out of the cupboard and put some prices on them and give them play money as this will help with number recognition.
Playing Coffee shops? Set the kitchen table with plastic cutlery and give your child a notepad to take your order with. Give your child fruit and veg that they can put on a plate for you.
Currently have a favourite Disney character? Lets get the dressing up box out if you don’t have the outfit of that particular character then create your own by wearing the colours of that character. Use dolls and teddies to encourage social skills.
Fancy a trip to the Hairdressers? Why not pop a towel around your shoulders and give your child the hair brush and ask them to brush your hair and why not pass them some hair clips and bobbles to put in your hair. This helps with hand Eye-hand coordination.
I hope the above has given you some idea of ways to help enourcorge Imagination play in your home and remember where ever your childs imagination takes them today be sure to actively encourage it and get involved.
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