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Cognitive Benefits of Pretend Play

The Gift of Pretend PlayJun 2, 2021
Playtime is full of cognitive advantages. Cognitive development is all about understanding the world around you, and make believe play is the perfect way to gain this understanding.
Cognitive Benefits of Pretend Play
Cognitive Benefits of Pretend Play

Playtime is full of cognitive advantages. Cognitive development is all about understanding the world around you, and make believe play is the perfect way to gain this understanding. At a young age, children want to know how things work, solve problems and experiment. Play gives children a safe space to innocently learn about the world and how they fit into the scope. It is easy to provide your children with the right tools to jumpstart their cognitive development when you give them toys they will cherish forever. As there are endless cognitive skills developed through playtime, we will highlight a few the Maileg toys specifically enhance.

Visual perceptual and visual spatial skills are used when children organize and design their playscapes and scenes. It is the ability to recognize where objects are in space, or how far you are from the object itself. Playtime allows children to decide who or what will fit where, by arranging and building with objects.

Take a Dollhouse, it is charming and quaint, but there is so much learning intertwined in its cuteness. When a child is rearranging furniture pieces, they are learning about what fits best in each room or what pieces are grouped together. Miniature furniture is a great way for children to develop a relative scale. It also allows them to mimic norms they see in their household, like how a stove and fridge would be placed in the kitchen or a bed in the bedroom. They begin to recognize how rooms can be different sizes by moving the furniture from place to place. They start to process how smaller pieces fit better in smaller rooms and vice versa. They can test which Maileg friend fits best with the different sized furniture. This is playtime to them, but they are unconsciously learning many cognitive skills along the way.

For example, A child uses their visual spatial skills to decide which Maileg friend fits best in this highchair.

Too Big

Just Right

When They Create, They Comprehend

Free play also gives children a chance to practice and comprehend what they’ve experienced, problem solve and create their own stories. It gives them a chance to process an event that they’ve witnessed and experiment different scenarios without the consequences in the real world. It also allows them to understand cause and effect while developing reasoning and logic. Playtime is beautiful because children don’t need to follow the norm they see in the real world, but they will innately recreate the things they experience.  A child’s imagination takes the reins of playtime, and the cognitive benefits will follow.

All of this early cognitive work lays the foundation for more complex skills to develop later on. It’s all first learned in play, if children are given the opportunity, materials, and space to engage in this meaningful work.

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