“Ring, Ring. Hello. Hey, Judy, this is Suzie. How are you doing? I’m good. How are you, Suzie? Well, I just put a cake in the oven and need your advice on how long to let it bake”. I’m sure you get the picture of how little girls play if they have a Kidkraft Kitchen as they pretend to be like Mommie. This is just a simple illustration of how important pretend play is for girls as well as for boys.
You may be wondering how pretend play is benficial to my child when there’s so many serious things going in the world. For one, pretend play brings children joy in addition to a timeless appeal of using their imagination. And, there will be times when their friends won’t be available for play which makes it all the more important for you as the parent to interact with them during this imaginary time to help guide them in their play so maybe they can begin to grasp a little bit of what lies ahead in the real world.
Role play is important for children as it promotes social, emotional and mental development as wel as developing communication skills. When you overhear them talking and interacting, perhaps by themselves, it’s more than just cute – it’s what carries over into their adult life. And, that’s where a Kidkraft Kitchen comes in as a valuable tool.