Pretend play is an important part of a childhood. It incorporates "conventional imaginative play (play with toys such as dolls and trucks) and symbolic play (ie. play with unstructured objects or inanimate objects)" ~Stagnetti.
Pretend play provides children with safe environments to experiment with language, social interaction, solve problems, tell stories, incorporate emotion, use objects, sequence events, role play a character and more.
Some children have difficulty with aspects of play mentioned above. An OT can help to assess a child's pretend play skills and assist with the development of these skills. Read more from Karen Stagnetti's website "Children need to Play" at http://www.karenstagnitti.com/ for more information about pretend play.
I have developed some "Write and Play" packages to encourage both writing and pretend play. These packages are designed for children requiring extra motivation and opportunities for writing. There may be a specific theme that your child is really interested in and this provides the motivation to write.
The "Write and Play" packages will also encourage pretend play. I have developed two themes so far - Airline and Circus themes. Purchase them from the "Your Kids OT Shop", print and cut out the various parts. You might use this in family setting at home with siblings playing together. You might use this a therapy setting with other "pretend" participants.
The "Airline Write and Play" package includes-
There are places for your children to write names, dates, places, gate numbers, times, TV shows, movies, games, food options, address, telephone numbers and more!
The "Circus Write and Play" package includes -
There are places for your child to write their name, date of performance, program order and food stall prices.
I have lots of themes in progress... is your child interested in a particular "pretend play" theme? Let me know in the comments below and if I use your child's suggestion, I will send you the package free! I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions!
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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