I have always thought my kids weren’t into doing any pretend play ideas. I’ve never been one to make things extravagant, right? I go simple, and easy — which is why there are so many simple activities that I share.
But that goes beyond activities, I don’t go all out for birthdays or holidays and kind of just let my kids do their thing. I have never made a dramatic play scene in my life. And small worlds… they’ve just never interested me.
I’ve always just assumed (because of my lack of providing it) that my kids were not interested in pretend play… at all.
But then I started watching my kids. And holy cow! Their imagination is incredible! They are constantly playing out scenes from the farm (over and over), imagining break down scenarios and what to do when such-and-such happens. They are doing pretend play at its finest!
I wanted to share with you some not-so-extravagant pretend play ideas that you can help engage your child’s imagination a bit if you’re stuck like I was.
Why is pretend play so important?
Kids aren’t just living in what many adults would call a fantasy world, instead most of their play has deep roots in reality, and it offers them a chance to practice social situations, adult roles and even play out fears and anxiety in a safe place. – Allison McDonald, No Time for Flash Cards
That pretty much sums it up perfectly!
Here are some more reasons why pretend play is so important:
What pretend play ideas can you do that aren’t crazy elaborate?
I’ve put together this list of pretend play ideas as a way to help encourage pretend play in your home.
But also so that it’s easy to do! Pretend play is about their imagination, so you don’t need the full setup! Let them imagine it from the basics.
I would love for you to think about your days and how your child plays.