Giving Life to Action Figures
Whether it’s giving life to action figures and stuffed animals or by simply “playing house,” pretend play allows your child to think creatively and use their imagination.
Pretend play promotes development of the whole self cognitively, socially, and emotionally. In fact, it may be the most important type of play. Pretend play boosts creativity and allows the child to come up with multiple scenarios and situations. What is he/she going to be today? A firefighter? A teacher? A doctor? By learning to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, it inspires understanding of other people and heightens social and communication skills.
Here at Minnesota Children’s Museum, pretend play runs freely. Cultivating diverse perspectives that enrich your child’s life is one of our foundational beliefs. In Our World, children can “shop” for groceries and check-out at the cash register. They can play the part of an ant and whiz around the ant hill in Earth World. Toddlers also can get their imagination on in Habitot and explore places from the prairie to the bluff caves. Our exhibits offer opportunity for dramatic play and creating narratives. We encourage fantasies, the more inventive the better!
Information compiled from The Power of Play: A Research Summary on Play and Learning by Dr. Rachel E. White.