The Magic of Pretend Play

My 3 year old son pulls a sheet over his shoulders and runs as fast as he can across the lawn. The air lifts the fabric and his jumps. “I’m flying, mummy!” the 3-year-old says. He’s a superhero, out to save the backyard from dragons hiding behind the bushes and find treasure buried in the garden bed.

Just as the child in the book, My Magnificent Jelly Bean Tree (included in our Box of Wishes), with the help of a frilly dress, tiara, and magic wand, your 4-year-old is transformed into the queen of a magical universe where her rocking horse is a winged unicorn. When you’re asked to taste the pink clouds, you agree that they’re a lot like bubblegum.

Parents of preschoolers have a front-row seat to some of the most imaginative theater ever produced.

These are the so-called “magic years” — when a child’s brain is developed enough to imagine grand stories but not yet complex enough to reason the way adults do and ask, “But can that really happen?”

Here’s why imagination is so important and what you can do to foster these magic years. Continue reading “The Magic of Pretend Play”