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The Importance of Imaginative Play

Play is how children explore, communicate and learn about the world. So much of the time, we adults are insisting that children learn our ways of the world, but what would happen if we learned more about their ways? If we see play as important, how can we help encourage play throughout our daily lives? So what is imaginative play? Imaginative play is when children engage in role play or pretend. It’s a little different than when kids play organized sports, or board games or other structured activities. It’s also different from structured arts and crafts activities. Children can add imagination into any activity, of course, but imaginative play usually refers to children engaging in pretend or role-play either acting...

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