40 responses

  1. Emily
    April 7, 2012

    I’m cracking up here…when The Boy was about 14 months old, he picked up a chicken leg and pretended it was a phone. It was hysterical!

    Modeling behaviors is an important element to encouraging pretend play.
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  2. Kristin Wheeler
    April 7, 2012

    Yes, being an educator I know how important pretend play is for child development. I love your post. I will be sharing it.
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  3. Sarah BB @ East9thStreet
    April 7, 2012

    It’s very evident in the pretend play that my daughter engages in she is imitating behaviors of those around her. Just yesterday morning she was taking pictures of her food with her play camera! I think I’ve created a monster…lol!
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  4. heather
    April 7, 2012

    My little guy is at about the same stage… he loves the phone too… and he’s also starting to feed his Caillou doll when he eats.. he doesn’t like his high chair any more preferring a booster at the table, so he puts the doll in the high chair – too cute…
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  5. Laura
    April 8, 2012

    My daughter pretends play much more than my son ever did. I did all the things like buy kitchen, food, tool sets. His version (he’s now 8) of imaginative play comes through with Legos (HUGE here!) and drawing.
    My daughter she is almost 4 and now she wants to do things for real..so you have to watch when she’s playing restaurant..she really tries to go fill your order!
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  6. chelesa sims
    April 8, 2012

    my daughter like to play with her pretend kitchen food and dishes.she took an old key board and a crayola dry ease and put them together and start typing on the keyboard saying she was checking her emails.

  7. Kimberly Schotz
    April 8, 2012

    I try to supply my toddler with open ended toys that encourage lots of pretend play.
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  8. Melissa Lawler
    April 8, 2012

    Pretend play is the most important way kids have of learning.
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  9. Wendi Niccole
    April 8, 2012

    April 8, 2012 Reply

    I love to see my daughters pretend playing. It’s amazing the things they come up with, so funny! My nearly 2 year old loves to pick up anything that even remotely resembles a phone and talk into it!mtmamahen

  10. Jana
    April 8, 2012

    Yes pretend play is so important! When my daughter was a toddler I would do a lot of pretend/imaginative play with her and now I love to sit back and listen to her playing with her dolls or stuffed animals. The conversations are priceless!

    dropcqueen

  11. polly
    April 8, 2012

    i love watching our 3 year old grandson & his pretend play….it’s amazing what they come up with!

  12. Teri H
    April 8, 2012

    The “Monkey See, Monkey Do” routine can also be a positive as mentioned above where you pretend play on the phone and then allow your daughter to do so. I encourage my 2 year old son to cook along with mommy by placing his play kitchen against one of my kitchen walls. This works fantastic. He even washed up the dishes and cleans his play kitchen up when I do the real one.
    Great tips. Thank you for sharing.
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  13. amanda roach
    April 8, 2012

    those are great tips.thanks.

  14. Sharon
    April 8, 2012

    I think my daughters first pretend game had to do with making everything into a phone. And she always wanted me to talk on it!!! She had a toy cell phone (complete with sound), a rattle phone and a plastic phone. But, she preferred to use other things (like my purse calculator) as a phone. It is so cute when she copies us doing our chores. My husband was cutting down branches in the yard this weekend and my daughter put on her glasses, gloves and used a shovel as her shears to cut some “branches” inside the house.

  15. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith)
    April 8, 2012

    These are great tips, my granddaughter is 6 and she has such a imagination, when she was 3 her bother had to have open heart surgery and was 4 hours away from home, she came up with some of the best stories of going to see him in the hospital, I don’t remember my kids having that much of an imagination when they were that small.

  16. Lorayne Gothard
    April 8, 2012

    I think this is very important. Pretend play allows their imagination to expand and it is much better than the TV.

  17. Carrie Phelps
    April 9, 2012

    My oldest grandchild is going to be five & pretend play is still important for him. I love the tips, thanks.

  18. Erin Rok
    April 9, 2012

    Childhood is all about pretend play, thanks for the great tips!

  19. Lentil
    April 9, 2012

    From what I can see, pretend play is something kids take to naturally. We’re hard-wired for it, like language. It’s how we learn. You can encourage play by playing along with them, asking questions and being silly, but mostly just let them be!

  20. Janet W.
    April 9, 2012

    Right now my grandson is obsessed with peas! He has play food that are peas. He also has peas in one of his board books. He pretends to eat them by picking them with his fingers and trying to make us eat the peas!

  21. Seyma Shabbir
    April 9, 2012

    Great tips! Both my sons love to act out what their stuffed toys would do and say! They love to be silly!!

  22. jennifer dansberger jones
    April 10, 2012

    I like how you stated that parents should repeat or echo what the child is doing/saying but remember to also engage your child in conversation as well. Even toddlers with limited vocabulary should be asked questions and comunicated with through play. Otherwise how else are they to develop the skilled need to hold a conversatiion and enteract with others as they mature.

  23. Brandi Price
    April 10, 2012

    My son’s first pretend play was using a shoe for a telephone. So funny and so cute! I love pretend play. “No matter how big and tough you are if a toddler brings you a pretend phone, you WILL answer it!”

  24. Jennifer Hedden
    April 10, 2012

    These are some great tips and will definitely come in handy with my niece. I think it is so cute to watch kids pretend play. I never realized how important it is to their development. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Jamie Brigham
    April 11, 2012

    I have containers, boxes, kitchen utensils, cups, and rubbermaid containers for my son to play with. He loves it.

  26. Rachael H.
    April 12, 2012

    Great tips! I believe pretend play is sooo important!

  27. sherry warlick
    April 12, 2012

    Great tips! Thanks.

  28. desiree
    April 13, 2012

    but you have to be careful with cell phone my gf kids were playing and her mom thought she had the fake phone and then the baby only 1 year got hold of the phone and broke the code and was making long distance call on it

  29. Tracy Awalt Juliano
    April 14, 2012

    Kids are amazing. Their imaginations are limitless. I often sit in awe as I watch my daughter play. Her creativity astounds me. Truth be told, I’m jealous. If I picked up random household objects and created my own world of wonder at age 37, people would be calling nice young men in nice white coats.

  30. Jessica Cox
    April 14, 2012

    I used kitchen stuff to encourage pretend playjess_james02

  31. Michele Behlen
    April 14, 2012

    Toddlers imitate what they see. I think it is also important to provide them the opportunity to be creative with toys and objects that don’t run on batteries.

  32. Brittany C
    April 15, 2012

    I love watching my daughter pretend play, the best part of it is when she thinks no one is watching her. She was swimming in a small pool I had bought her for Easter and playing with her barbies, she pretended that her barbie was drowning and needed help. Just cracks me up. Thanks for sharing Tips for Encouraging Pretend Play in Toddlers:) I enjoyed it!

  33. jenn
    April 16, 2012

    I babysit a 9 mo old and she is a little explorer so I turned the bottom kitchen drawer into a play drawer, she gets to still feel like she is making mischief and I know that she is safe

  34. Debbie Petch
    April 17, 2012

    Make believe is so much fun for kids. I have all kinds of puppets and they make up stories with them.

  35. Kimberley Meier
    April 19, 2012

    I thought it was so cute that my daughter started pretending to be a mommy to her dolls right after I had my son. I loved that she wanted to be like me!
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  36. Stephanie O
    April 20, 2012

    I think for me and my daughter is it is for me to play along with her.

  37. Cara Higley
    April 21, 2012

    Great article! I have a nephew age 2 who I babysit very often and is going through this stage. He loves playing pretend phone also. His big love is CARS! I have this box of toys that as soon as he comes in my house, he heads to the back room and brings it out to play with. I’ve notices recently he’s used dolls and figurines to play with and move around. IT’s SOOOOOOO cute!!

  38. Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama
    April 22, 2012

    Fantastic tips!! My daughter loves pretending, too. So cute!
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  39. Sam Eagle(Stephanie Mago-Eagle)
    April 22, 2012

    Love the blog my baby is 22 months old & she loves to play & these tips will help me out a lot thanks

  40. Lauren
    April 22, 2012

    My daughter’s favorite thing to play with is water. She likes to make little pools for her toys.

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