Watch your kids for a day: see how they spend time talking
to people and creatures that are invisible to the rest of the world? You may
shrug it off as your children simply passing time alone, but it’s much more than
that – playing pretend or make believe has been shown to stimulate your
children’s minds, making them more creative and successful once they finally
reach the classroom.
But this make believe activity doesn’t always have to be a
solo endeavor – you can get in on the pretend fun as well during playtime! Here
are six ways that you can spend time with your children getting lost in your
own little world.
1. Running Errands
No one likes running errands, but it has to get done, right?
So instead of having another boring trip with your children, turn it into a
make believe adventure. You can choose a scenario, such as a trip to the moon,
African safari, or even ocean exploration – and get ready to live it out as you
make this everyday trip the adventure of a lifetime.
2. Describing a Pretend
At some point in time, most children develop imaginary
friends that follow them around wherever they go. And while you may not be able
to see this new addition, you can help stimulate your child’s imagination by playing
along. When they begin playing with their friend, as your kid to describe him
or her. Making the play friend a tangible human can help your child further
develop their creative instincts.
3. Doing Chores at
Like most youngsters, your children probably aren’t too
excited about the prospect of doing chores at home. So instead of hearing them
complain, turn each activity into a fun pretend game. If you are raking the
back yard, pretend that you are collecting gold in the mountains; if you are
cleaning the house, pretend that it is a space ship that has to be spotless
before it can launch. Turning each monotonous activity into playtime fun can make
the whole day exciting.
4. Be a Sports Star
Playing make believe during sports practice can be loads of
fun for the whole family. Head out to the backyard with your child, bring your
ball of choice, and take on the persona of a professional sports star. You can
pretend you are in a large stadium, and that you are playing for the
championship – and watch as your child jumps for joy!
5. Dinner with the
Pretend fun doesn’t have to end once playtime is over. When
you sit down for dinner, spice things up by pretending that you are eating
exotic foods from around the world. You can each name a strange dish that is in
front of you, or create fun and exciting things to make dinner time a make
6. Pretend Before Bed
Sometimes children just don’t want to settle down for bed. You
can put them down, but they stay awake as their minds race over events through
But if you want to calm them down, pretend together about
all of the wonderful things you will do once they wake up. This can be anything
from fly across the country, ride elephants, swim with dolphins, or other fantastic
prospects. Let you child’s imagination run wild, and watch as this stimulus
puts them right to sleep.
Playing Pretend as a
Playing make believe with
your beloved children can be a great way to spend time together as you fuel
their creative interests. So the next chance you get, start pretending with
your child to get lost in your own wonderful imaginations!