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Imagination and Pretend Play

on May 30, 2013

I have neglected my blog a bit being swamped with students writing exams, starting my wonderful Kindermusik programme and getting ready for a summer camp and summer lessons and I do apologize about that.

During the June Kindermusik lessons, we will be imagining going on a bicycle ride, going to the mountains and the beach.  Thus, I wanted to write about the imagination of children and pretend play…

In her book Ages and Stages, Karin Miller states that “Learning to imagine [is the] first step in stretching the human potential”.   A child’s ability to pretend and imagine usually starts around 18 months.  From there, the general developmental progression is the following:

the use of one object to represent something else, to dressing and / or pretending to be something else, to role – playing and interacting while in that role.

During Kindermusik classes, children are provided with experiences that give them the opportunity to blossom their imagination, but this will probably be more noticeable at home, where the child feels more comfortable to express himself / herself.

Here’s an idea: Simple toys like blocks and stuffed animals, dress-up clothes from the thrift store, and even empty containers or cardboard tubes can inspire hours of pretend play.  Organize these items into containers that are easily accessible to your child.

Adapted from Theresa Case’s post, M.Ed., whose Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, South Carolina, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.

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