Now more than ever, a child’s craft and occupation of play is ever important. The world can feel stressful and fast paced. All the noise that surrounds us, also surrounds them. The gift of pretend play allows children time and space to unwind from the demands of their environment. Free play allows the child to get into their flow, to go within themselves and their imaginations. This work of childhood is necessary and important. The value of this birth right is real.
What is pretend play? It is spontaneous, voluntary storytelling that has no limitations or set route. Children follow their creativity and imagination to lead them in the direction they feel.
Play is the work of childhood for a reason. Children are programmed to play from birth. Mother Nature is very calculated. Play is the means by which children develop across all domains: physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. Learning is not isolated to a specific time or distinctive place, it is on-going. Children need a space to harmonize their experiences, knowledge and skills. Playtime gives them the opportunity to blend this knowledge together. The development and learning that can take place right under your own roof may surprise you.
An intentionally curated collection of beautiful, open-ended play pieces is a magical way for children to fold right into their imaginative worlds, and get to work, laying the foundation for important life-long development.
In this series, we will discuss how pretend play catalyzes the development of these four domains. We will share Maileg products that enhance this type of play and personal experiences from parents. We hope to inspire parents to create a free play space for their children and for readers to better appreciate the beauty of imagination.