One thing nearly all children love to do is to make believe; imagining we’re someone else, or somewhere else, or in an altogether different reality is one of the wonders of childhood – and many of us adults could learn a thing or two about the creative freedom this involves! It’s why many day nurseries and preschools, such as our own in Croydon’s Sanderstead, look to include activities that feed the sense of play and make believe in pursuit of cognitive and social development.
On this page, we’ve looked at both why make believe is such an important part of early childcare and education, as well as how parents in the Sanderstead area who may not be enrolled in nursery schools can encourage creative play and fuel young imaginations!
If you’ve found this page by typing something like ‘day nurseries’ or ‘preschools in Sanderstead’, you may be more keen to see exactly what we get up to around here! So click on over to our Typical Daily Routine page to get an idea of exactly that…
First of all, why should parents around Sanderstead encourage children to make believe and engage in imaginative play? After all, it may look, at first glance, like a distraction from more traditional forms of learning – like reading or doing exercises in workbooks. Well, here are just a few of the benefits:
We’d recommend Sanderstead parents to get involved in some of the make believe activities children suggest; you might feel silly to begin with, but it can be fun for adults, too! Help them steer the stories they create, and push them to keep developing their storytelling skills.
Another great idea, no stranger to day nurseries and preschools, is to stock up on props and items that can assist in embodying make believe play: