The Benefits of Imaginary Play
THE BENEFITS OF IMAGINARY PLAY IN THE CLASSROOM
Opportunities for Student-Led Teaching
THE BENEFITS OF IMAGINARY PLAY AT HOME
IMAGINARY PLAY MUST-HAVES
Play Kitchen + Play Food
I think the play kitchen is such a playroom staple. It allows for open-ended play. It can be a restaurant, or a family kitchen. It can be where the pretend parent cooks and feeds the pretend baby doll her breakfast, or an ice cream shop! The possibilities are endless, which means the imaginary play is endless too!
Gracie is playing with another item from one of the Teamson brands. Teamson Kids Little Chef Paris Modern Play Kitchen. I love that it’s three separate units that can be rearranged to fit any space. She’s also a huge fan of the pretend ice maker. My husband and I use the ice maker on our real fridge every morning to make our iced lattes, and she likes to pretend to make one too 😉 Teamson Kids has so many great options for Play Kitchens , so you can find the one that fits both their interests and your style (a design you can live with looking at each day!). This Teamson Kids Little Chef Fairfield Retro Play Kitchen is similar to the one we have, and so adorable.
Baby Dolls + Doll Furniture
Something else that I find to be essential in a playroom is dolls, and doll furniture. Both boys and girls benefit from learning how to care for and nurture little babies. Because at some point or another they’ll encounter a baby! Whether is a new sibling, a cousin, or a friend, babies are everywhere! Plus, having a doll to care for teaches responsibility!
Last year, when I found out I was pregnant with my now eight-month-old, Norah, I bought Grace a 16-inch baby doll. I was super excited to snag some furniture for her baby doll this year. She has the Double Bunk Desk from Olivia’s Little World, and it’s her favorite thing. She takes all of her baby doll’s clothes and organizes them just like me. Gracie hangs the clothes on the hanger while pretending to do laundry. Basically, any toy that allows Grace to feel like a little caregiver herself is a winner!
The Teamson family of brands, including Teamson Kids and Olivia’s Little World, as well as Fantasy Fields and Versanora, offer a range of quality items for you and your family. Right now they are running a holiday sale with items marked down anywhere from 15-50% off!
PLUS! DISCOUNT ALERT: Use the code TeamsonLIC20 for 20% off anything at Teamson.com until Dec. 14th on top of holiday price discounts on all Teamson brands!