UPDATE : Ellie is currently hooked with Boss Baby.
It was a relief! We memorized both songs and lines in Moana and even with eyes closed we know the scenes by heart. Who wouldn’t? We watched Moana and Maui for more than 100 times already.Now that Ellie is turning two, she can easily pick up words and phrases and one of the developments that we noticed is that she is into pretend play and make-believe. Just like Tim (the young boy in Boss Baby). In the story Tim, has a great imagination and a very creative mind. Kids his age are into a lot of pretend play.
Ellie recently conducted a feeding program to her dolls and bears the other day. We found it adorable. Seeing her taking care of her toys and arranging them as if they can really eat what she prepared.
For most parents – pretend play is just a toddler past time, but then again, there’s more to it. Pretend play is not as simple as it may seem. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas.
According to PsychologyToday.Com:
“We often use the terms pretend play or make-believe play (the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions), that reflect a critical feature of the child’s cognitive and social development. Over the last seventy-five years a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of such imaginative play as a vital component to the normal development of a child.”
If you can see young boys being their favorite superhero that can fight the bad with their laser guns and ninja moves or little girls being doctors or princess or chef that can feed the whole kingdom, they are not just playing. They are also developing their social and emotional skills. Through pretend-play, our kids understand the feelings of others. It can also build their self-esteem an early age knowing that they can be anyone or anything just by pretending.
I’ve learned that this kind of activity can improve Ellie’s thinking skills that she can use in all aspects of her life. It’s true when they say that our kids at one point will try to imitate us – the parents. Kids can do a perfect imitation of mom, dad, and other people around them. Pretend play helps your child understand the power of language. In addition, by pretend playing with others, he learns that words give him the means to reenact a story or organize play. This process helps your child to make the connection between spoken and written language — a skill that will later help him learn to read.
You may have read or heard about Learning through play – an intervention program designed to teach parents and educators how to engage in learning-oriented, imaginative play games with children (Singer, Plaskon, & Schweder, 2003).
Toddlers by nature know how to soothe themselves and can play alone without any problems. They have an egocentric point of view but sooner or later interaction with other kids begins. By playing pretend with their fellow kid they can develop sense of cooperation and empathy towards others.
As parents – we encourage Ellie to use her imagination through arts and crafts (I’ll be posting her first official painting), book reading, storytelling, make-believe adventures like building forts out of blankets and pillows – piggy back rides turned unicorn adventures. There are times that it is exhausting but seeing her ggigling and laughing and even initiating how the story will go is very rewarding.
Toddler years are very critical. This means that parents need to be more supportive and observant with the development happening to our little ones.