Sunday, June 23, 2013

Let's Play Pretend!

Nurture your child's imagination by encouraging them to play pretend.  When children use their imagination for pretend play they're using abstract thinking, and that's essential for school learning, for creative thinking, and for problem-solving throughout life.  You can get your child started by providing any of these terrific props:
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Puppets
  • Art materials
Fuel your child's imagination by showing them how it's done.  Children learn better and have more fun when parents play along.
  • Make a fort out of a blanket and a card table
  • Use a wooden spoon as a magic wand
  • Play dress-up with them or stage a puppet show
  • Read them a story where the characters play pretend. 

Some of my favorite books featuring characters that pretend include the following, all available through the Pima County Public Library:

It's Me! by Eric Drachman
The Treasure Bath by Dan Andreasen
Pretend by Jennifer Plecas
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
Doctor Ted (also Firefighter Ted and Artist Ted) by Andrea Beaty
Faster, faster by Leslie Patricelli
My Name is not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry
Traction Man is Here by Mimi Grey
Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun
King Jack and the Dragon  by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury

Not a Stick (also Not a Box) by Antoinette Portis

Have fun!

- Miss Meg

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