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Stretch the imagination with Pretend Play Toys from Growing Tree Toys that enhance play and keep children dreaming! Our Pretend Play Toys give children the chance to dress up with props and costumes, perform magic with great kits, spy on others with fun spy items, or dream of far off places with toy castles and toy knights. Kids also use Pretend Play Toys to imitate adults, using our realistic play toys to do such things as serve play food for use in their own kitchens and then vacuum up the mess! You never know what will come from the imaginative play inspired by our Pretend Play Toys - especially the great toys from Playmobil, Papo Toys and so much more!
Pretend Play helps your child translate the world around them into terms he can better understand. Seemingly routine daily tasks can be recalled and re-enacted by your child, and therefore, absorbed on a more applicable level. These familiarities help prepare him for the "real world," but lets him enjoy learning and developing his memory, while processing the world around him in a way he understands. Experiences beyond that of the every day, from pillaging pirates to flying fairies, let your child expand his imagination and simply, have fun!
What catches your child's eye or piques his interest? Find a toy that helps make his fantasy a reality. Is there something he really enjoys watching you do, like using a screwdriver or ironing a shirt? Kid-sized versions let him play the role of "adult." Of course, this is a wonderful opportunity to further expand his horizons, from test-driving new hobbies to checking out new careers. Best of all, a child's play does not have to be based in reality. In fact, it is better if they use the wide range of pretend toys to create new worlds and explore the depths of their imaginations.
The best way to sum up the value of pretending; it is unbelievably open-ended.
Here are some ways your child can play:
One of the most outstanding benefits of pretend play is that fact that just about any place can become a perfect backdrop for play. Any room of the house, that old box, or an empty kiddie pool could become just about anything that kids can imagine. Your child's bed can be an igloo, canoe, or giant shoe. Or, children may be just as satisfied sitting on the grass or on the floor and pretending away.
While kids can pretend without much space or accessories, keep in mind that some play items can be larger in size and require more space for storage or play. In addition, if toys take time to assemble, those large items could stay together for a long time!
Pretend Play is so versatile - while a child can play on his own, other children, as well as adults, can play along as well. You can let your child call the shots and determine your role in playtime; and more than likely, he may choose to switch the everyday roles. He's the doctor, you're the patient; he's the chef and you're the restaurant patron. Enjoy this opportunity to see what your child is capable of achieving! If your child needs some assistance, be there to help, and do not worry about correcting how a child plays or mirroring reality - there should be no rules! This is a good chance as well for you to help your child get started with play ideas, which can only help them along with decision-making in the future.
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