Encouraging imaginative play
While your pre-schooler, no doubt, has a wonderful imagination and is slaying dragons and having tea with the queen every day, a great way to encourage imaginative play is to have:
- A dress-up box. No matter what gender your child is, try to provide clothing and props (handbags, pirate patches, veils, jewellery, light sabre) that will cover the needs of everyone.
- A recycling box. If you have a stash of empty containers, cereal boxes and milk cartons, your pre-schooler will be able to turn the lot into a supermarket, or a robot, a space-ship, or Darth Vadar… the list is endless.
- Paper, pencils, crayons, glue. These are all must-have items for making a shop sign, playing schools, making a pet mouse, or a pirate hat.
- Second-hand kitchen utensils. Every make-believe house should have them! How can you cook an imaginary cake for your imaginary friends without a wooden spoon?
- Building blocks. What can’t you make with building blocks?
- A secret spot. Clearly, if you know about the secret spot then it’s hardly a secret; but a quiet spot tucked out of the way – behind the sofa, under the kitchen table, a hidey-hole in a garden bush, down the side passage – will allow her to conjure up her own magnificent world without you barging in and ruining her illusion.
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