Developing imaginary play skills in not only critical for your child’s social skill development, but also for the development of their language skills, and the ability to think creatively and solve problems. Some children can struggle with abstract skills like imaginary play; however, we have some quick tips that can help you teach your child to work on these skills.
Set the Stage
Making the concept of imaginative play less abstract is often the best place to start. Begin by setting the stage for your child by giving them a dedicated space to engage in imaginative play. Fill the space with props, costumes, and other fun toys that encourage their imagination. It could be as simple as a dedicated corner in a room, or a building a tent. To get your child excited about this space, let them help you decorate.
To begin teaching your child about imaginative play, you should model for them what is desired. This means that you should not only use language associated with different characters, but also model thinking about abstract concepts, giving them phrases to use and repeat. Show your child how to play with toys, teaching them, helping them to be a part of the fun!
Imaginative play should be FUN! Take the time to have fun with your child and be their playmate! You know your child best, so begin teaching skills by using their favorite characters. Motivate your child with praise, and don’t forget to laugh and enjoy time with your child.
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