Building Self-Confidence in Children Through Pretend Play
Imagination Play With Play Dough We used play dough in this small world to work on fine motor strength and dexterity. Developing hand strength in a fun way allows a child to pick up and use utensils like pencils, scissors, and even clothing fasteners with more confidence. This fun pretend play activity allowed us to practice language development and expose Little Guy to new words like magma, lava, molten hot, and more. The possibilities for new vocabulary are endless with pretend play!
We have pretended a lot with play dough: Play Dough Small World Farm, Play Dough Cupcakes, Beach Play Dough, & Scented Snow Man Play Dough
Small World Fairy Neighborhood Introducing Pretend Play with your children their own backyard allows them to see things in a new light. You can use an area typically used for something else (“The sandbox is where I build sandcastles”) and gives it a new twist! Now the child can use their imagination in a new light, allowing them to develop their ability to think creatively with the things around them.
Pizza Shop Pretend Play This was such a fun pretend play week/month for us 🙂 Creating out Pizza Shop was a group effort between re-doing our outdoor play structure with the kids, and pretending to order pizzas, and playing Pizza Shop owners! Pretending to make (fuzzy) pizzas from felt, playing with money and a play cash register involved multiple levels of pretend. All of the kids could get involved in pretend in different aspects.
Small World Pretend: Animals at the Lake We used and explored lots of different textures for this small world. Baby Girl got to know some different animals while we pretended the animals were at the lake. Big Sister and Little Guy helped Mom make colored sand to use in our small world. Pretend Play can involve multiple steps including creating and direction following. Kids can develop a sense that they are capable of creating and fun ideas.
Create A Wishing Well Kids can come up with pretty amazing ideas. So when Big Sister said she wanted to make a wishing well…we did! She helped come up with the ideas and we tried a few ways to make it happen. A few ideas worked and a few didn’t. We kept trying! Big Sister got to express her thoughts and come up with new ideas.