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Why make-believe play is an important part of childhood development

The Conversation – Tracy Gleason

“Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part of early childhood. And beyond being fun for kids, pretending and other kinds of imaginative play are also believed by some to be critical to healthy child development. Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child’s developing creativity, understanding of others and social competence with peers. As a psychologist who studies imaginary play and childhood development and is no stranger to the preschool classroom, I have met many children for whom an imaginary friend or impersonation of a character is more than just an amusing pastime. Such activities often reflect what children have on their minds.”(more)

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