My facebook status message said:
“I’ve been to the moon, slept in a cave, hid from the big bad wolf, was a robot that told jokes, flew my paper airplane to my island, ran from baby cheetahs, and was a super hero all in my living room. The joys of pretend play.” -Ameera Rahim
I’ve decided to write some memorable moments each Monday. Every day we play pretend in our home also known as open-ended. I’ve learned my children are good at telling stories about dragons and Muslim heros. There is so much benefit to pretend play. For us the pretend play has:
- Brought us closer
- Encouraged healthy play
- Use of the mind
- Helped us solve problems
- Learn about other places
- Learn about people
It inspires our children to be creative and use their imaginations. We encourage parents to promote pretend play in their home. It can be easy as setting up a center in the home dedicated to pretend play such as puppets, dress up clothes, and big boxes! Their world is full of different ideas and letting them have an outlet to use their imagination is beneficial to their development.
Not only providing a space for them but also joining them has so much rewards. I always get a good laugh after an hour or two of pretend play. It has brought my children closer to me because we have fun and join them in their world of astronauts, jungles, and sea creatures. MashaAllah as always we incorporate learning into our pretend play time. If we are on the moon for the day, we will mention what the moon looks like and it’s shape. If we are butterflies we are first caterpillars! even after we read a good book, we will act it out and live it in our living room!
What a wonderful world 🙂
What will you be today? Where will you go?