Summer days are coming to a close, but that does not mean our imaginations are! Addie was given a pair of THESE wings from Great Pretenders to expand her dress up collection, and she’s really taken flight!
One of our favorite things to do when we’re trapped inside due to excessive temperatures or rain is play dress up! Addie loves putting her wings on and taking off into new lands. Some days she’s a ladybug or butterfly, or ‘Tink (no, not Tinkerbelle, Tink… the Martinka Fairy!). The silliest was last week when she asked me to chase her with a butterfly net… first she was a butterfly, then she pretended it was a giant fly swatter and she was a fly stuck in the house. #thingsmytoddlersays right?!
Pretend play is so important; children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas and is truly vital to a child’s development. When we pretend, there are no rules and no guidelines… just a lot of laughter! Often times I just sit back and watch the girls play, which is such a joy, especially on particularly hot days when we stay in the bedroom to keep the AC on! Addie loves to share her wings with Millie, and was just teaching her how to fly like a butterfly last week. Seeing her take on the role of mentor to her baby sis, cultivating her own imagination and sparking her sister’s is truly watching God’s work unfold. It is a thing made of magic.
Major benefits of pretend play include:
- Social and Emotional Skills
- Language Skills
- Problem Solving Skills
I have found Addie loves to make believe when she needs a moment to rest her mind, or even when she is tired. She gets very whimsical and fluttery. I love watching her wheels turn, and coming up with new ways to join in. Princess Mommy Super Spiderman, anyone? That’s my alter-ego. Don’t forget to find yours the next time your babe wants to play! …and don’t forget to enter to win your own wings in our giveaway from Great Pretenders!