Best of 2009 #1

Pretend Play

Take two pills and call me in the morning.

The best part of having a blog is that I am the boss. Although only a few of you wrote into say these were your favorite posts , I am making them number 1 for a reason. For every craft and art project we do in my house we do 3 times as many pretend play activities, usually started and directed by my son but sometimes I am the one to make the props and get things started. Toddlers and preschoolers should be doing a lot of pretend play, and self directed exploration. I know in this day and age it’s hard not to feel like we need to keep up with the Jones who are sitting their kids down with flash cards and teaching them how to “read” at 10 months. Don’t do it, let them play it’s how they learn and if they need some help starting here are some super fun pretend play we did this year. Click on each picture to see the full post !

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Play Grocery Store!

Dont forget your list!

Don't forget your list!

Play Airplane!

Turn your foyer into an airplane!

Turn your foyer into an airplane!

Play Coffee Shop !

Double soy latte please !

Double soy latte please !

Play Mail Carrier

Rain or shine your mail will arrive in time!

Rain or shine your mail will arrive on time!

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  1. says

    This is great advice, and I love your posts on pretend play. This comes at the perfect time when I was just having a discussion with some folks about flash cards and teaching their baby to read. All of which, I do not do with my daughter, but when you hear folks talking about it, I sometimes wonder if I’m doing enough.

    Thanks for this great blog! Happy New Year.

  2. Lauren @ Hobo Mama says

    I totally agree with you. I am so very excited that my 2-year-old is finally into the age of pretend play, because it opens so many doors in terms of what we can do together. And since playing make-believe was my very favorite thing as a child, it’s like stepping back into my own history.

    Your post on pretend shopping inspired us to set up our own little store here. We use a flip cell phone to “swipe” credit cards, and he just adores signing his name on slips of paper and then checking to see if the signature matches the card. (He always decides it does.)

    I will have to check out your other make-believe ideas. Thank you for this!
    .-= Lauren @ Hobo Mama´s last blog ..Best posts of 2009 =-.


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