Make Believe Play

Make believe play is in it of itself a vital role in a child’s cognitive development.  To fast forward a bit, an adult must organize their day and weeks and even life through much cognitive thought.  By doing this, the amount of demand on thinking and organization is essential to being successful and moving forward in what the adult wants to do.  In children, we see the same thing, just in an imaginary setting in which their choice won’t immediately or eventually affect their well being.  By them pretending to be the head policeman of a police department and organizing all the policemen and women to the certain areas and managing the conflict, etc, etc.  then the child will be developing their ability to think and organize their thoughts.  According to an article in, it said, “Children use toys and gestures symbolically in play as attempts to understand objects and experiences in their real world” (Athey, 1984; Golomb, 1979).  This essential fictional play is what shapes children in the way that helps them become successful later.

Make believe play is also important because it allows kids to find out who they are, reason with themselves and eventually will help them reason with their friends and others.  By developing a thought pattern that can manipulate objects and experiences into their own fictional reality, they can discover how they want to think, talk, reason, socialize, and become their own unique selves.  It is quite apparent that when a child has time to make believe play, they start thinking more, not just during play but more in general.  Those thoughts transpire into ideas and knowledge about there world.  This then prepares them for the later childhood and beyond, when their detailed thoughts can enable them to seek and learn more information as more developed older kids.  Our thinking capacity must be sufficient as adults to survive, and make believe play is just one major contributing factor that will promote the healthy cognitive development we solely desire later in life.

Thanks for reading

Reuben Cousin


~ by reubencousin on October 22, 2009.

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