Benefits of make-believe play

This Brian Gordon cartoon strikes a chord with me because I stink at playing make-believe.

My kids, on the other hand, hardly even need another person to play with. They can imagine all kinds of characters, adventures and obstacles to make their mundane playroom into an exciting make-believe world.

The folks at Great Pretenders believe that imaginary play is one of the most beneficial activities your child can partake in. One of their founders actually has Milwaukee roots, and they are one of the only domestic costume companies out there.

They sent over a really neat superhero cape for my son, and it’s been living on his beloved teddy bear ever since.

While watching him play with the costumes in his dress up bin, it’s obvious that pretend play comes naturally to kids and is an important part of childhood.

But, did you know?

Pretend Play Helps Your Child Develop Social and Emotional Skills

Young children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas.

When your child engages in pretend play, he or she is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Learning how to take turns and sharing responsibility are important in developing your child’s confidence. Through maturation and cooperative play, your child will begin to understand the feelings of others as well as build self-esteem when they discovers they can be anything just by pretending.

Pretend Play Helps Your Child’s Confidence

As your child continues to embrace pretend play games such as acting out stories, taking on roles or characters, help your child feel confident and that they have good ideas. Children act out their thoughts and feelings through the stories they create during pretend play. Working out their feelings in this safe way can give children confidence to handle the new—and sometimes—challenging situations they encounter as they grow.

If you’re looking for costume ideas, Great Pretenders have a 50% off sale on select items or use the code 15%OCT15 for 15% off online purchases.

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