Make-Believe Play

Tonight I was eating dinner and watched my friends’ niece playing with little wooden trains. She was breaking apart the track while saying, “Oh no! The track is gone!” She is 3 years old. She was playing make-believe with the train and making them fly etc… I remember back to my childhood and the joy I had by playing make-believe! I would find big sticks and fight with my friend’s; pretending we were knights in shining armor.
On page 236 in our book it says, “Piaget believed that through pretending, children practice and strengthen newly acquired representational schemas.” Later it states, “Play not only reflects but also contributes to children’s cognitive and social skills.”
I found some facts about the important role that make-believe plays on developing children. Researchers found that children who play with their caregivers in these imaginative ways make significant gains in readiness skills, as compared to a control group whose caregivers did not learn these play skills. Playing is also good for caregivers, because it involves them as full partners in children’s development (Singer & Singer, 2001; Singer & Singer, 1992) (not only is make-believe good for the child, but it involves caregivers making time to spend with the child, which help’s his or her development).
“A significant percentage of American children, especially children from low-income families, enter kindergarten unprepared to learn. While high-quality care from parents and other caregivers can improve children’s school readiness, engaging parents and children in early intervention techniques can be difficult. Imaginative playing is one kind of care that is enjoyable for both parent and child, is easier to teach than some other interventions, and is effective in preparing children for school.”
Earlier in this research it states that involving numbers, letters, and names can be one significant way of helping children grow! It is really important for children to have a large amount of make-believe play, and shouldn’t be discouraged from it. Believe it or not, some parents discourage make-believe play.

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~ by Jeffery Scott on November 1, 2009.

One Response to “Make-Believe Play”

  1. At the end you mentioned that some parents discourage their children from make-believe play. That’s unfortunate. We’ve learned all about the good things it does for the development of children. Obviously these parents are misinformed. I wonder if they are worried that make-believe play will actually slow their child’s development?

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