This article popped up on my newsfeed Saturday and I was immediately excited about reading more research that supports a topic that I am passionate about – Pretend Play.
Take a look at the article (it is short, about a page) and see what you think. The writers indicate that children not only need time to engage in pretend play, but need adults who understand how to support it in meaningful and appropriate ways.
The only thing I would add, is that children also need time to develop these play scenarios. That means we need to build uninterrupted play time into each day’s schedule. It is also a good idea to consider letting children continue playing even though the schedule says it is time to be done, and see where it goes.