Article: “The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development”
By: Scott Barry Kaufman
Date published: Nov. 11, 2013
Main points: Children ages two to six are benefited cognitively by pretend play. Pretend play is a key aspect in developing self-regulation. Many sources promote early and frequent pretend play, such as parents who talk to their children regularly, parents who read to their children regularly, and school atmospheres that encourage pretend play. Parents and teachers have a great influence on a child’s pretend play and also influence their literacy development.
I believe this article is important because pretend play is a big part of a child’s development and can really help children grow. Pretend play allows children to express their own thoughts and feelings, and they can also see how their peers are thinking and feeling. Professionals in child development need to know the importance of pretend play and how it can improve a child’s literacy. This article can give professionals in child development a clear understanding of the benefits of pretend play and how they can use pretend play in their own field of work. I recommend that all child development professionals read this article and get a better understanding of pretend play and what it can do to improve a child’s development and growth.
-Sarah Buck, Feb.26, 2014