The Land of Make-Believe

For preschoolers, pretend play is a safe space where they can sort through complicated feelings.

Four-year-old Sarah is hosting a tea party. Dolls and stuffed animals sit with her. As she pours imaginary tea and passes around imaginary cookies for her guests, she says, "I'm happy my birth mommy is here with me and my mommy and my sister. I like parties, don't you?" She says to her birth mom, "Mommy loves parties, too. She is nice and makes cookies." Play is the work of children. In its many forms, it helps them understand their ...

Fantasy play is your preschooler’s safe arena to learn about life — and work things out.

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