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Reasons To Encourage Pretend Play in Your Kids

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Scholastic and Entertainment One. All opinions and photos are my own.

Playtime and make-believe are so important for children. Not only do they help foster crucial skills kids need to develop socially and emotionally, but they’re also a ton of fun!

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Pretend playtime activities foster:

Curiosity – Kids begin to ask questions to try to make sense of things and the world around them.
Creativity – My kids have a basket full of dress-up clothes like princess dresses, capes, glasses and hats. It’s up to them to put something together to whatever suits their needs. That hat and those glasses can be the perfect undercover spy gear, or what about a princess with a cape who can fly??
Movement – The house is never still during playtime. Caped superheroes frequently jump from the beds and head through the kitchen and into the playroom to catch the bad guys.
Social-emotional learning – Pretend play helps children understand and grasp emotions, which fosters empathy. They begin to understand through play how others might feel and why they might act certain ways. Through pretend role-play they also learn how it feels to be another person.
Social skills – Children learn to cooperate and interact with others. They learn to share and work out disagreements.
Educational development – Children learn how to problem-solve and find ways to get what they want to happen in their story. Through play, children can make mistakes and learn from them without true consequences.

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Here are 5 of our Favorite Playtime Activities + everything you need to set up!

  1. Dress-up Role Play – put out a bin of capes, dresses, hats, glasses, gloves, scarves or superhero masks like the PJ Masks wear!
  2. A Moon Dance to our favorite PJ Masks Soundtrack with songs, which are available here: https://bit.ly/2tBk3dE
  3. Market/Restaurant – easy to set up with pots and pans, play food and fruit, and dishes from the kitchen
  4. Veterinarian – lab coat, stethoscope, play bandages or fabric and stuffed animals
  5. School – a dry erase board and markers or chalkboard with chalk, writing supplies, dolls as students and books

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Visit the Scholastic Parents Facebook page every day for the next 30 days beginning July 1, 2018 to answer a space-themed question with your child! Enter your answer on the Scholastic sweepstakes website at http://www.scholastic.com/pjmasksmission for a chance to win a trip to New York for a family of four to visit New York City’s science museums. Runners-up will receive age-appropriate Scholastic books and space-themed toys.

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