Imaginative play

Imaginative play is extremely important for learning new skills and developing language.

  • Using their favourite toy, encourage your child to brush its hair, give it a drink, brush its teeth, put it to bed etc. or go to the shop
  • Talk to your child about what they are doing and talk to their favourite toy too. At first, keep your sentences short e.g. teddy sleep.
  • Introduce new words in play, e.g. if your child says “brush hair”, you might say “you are brushing teddy’s hair”

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Imaginative Play - Talk and Play with the Early Childhood and Family Service

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