As children's educators you realize how important it is to stimulate a child's natural curiosity and one way to do this of course is to get their imaginations going. Not that they really need all that much encouraging when it comes to imagination and pretend play, but a little extra nudge never hurts. And it is not just educators that have this responsibility; it is something that anyone who has contact with children, from parents, to day-care providers and doctors, should be doing for the benefit of all children.
There is an added burden of trying to stimulate children's interests when there are a limited number of opportunities available. Burden, yes, but impossible, no. Experts state that encouraging pretend play also helps them develop into productive members of society later in life. They explain this by saying that simulating possible scenario’s of adulthood prepares them for possible actions and interactions as they grow.
Have you watched children when they are involved in pretend play? Many times you will see yourself in their actions, reinforcing that everyone is a potential role model for a child and as such it is important that this is reflected in the way they interact with each other.
A great way to see this in action is to allow them to utilize what are normal every day events and put their own perspective on it. Consider something like the Kids indoor playground equipment, the School Bus Play Time Loft
is an excellent choice as it involves interacting with both other kids (on the bus) as well as adults, like the bus driver or teacher.
Go ahead, give it a look, you may just be amazed at how much children really absorb and remember from everyday activities.
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