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Have you ever watched your child play, or even joined in while they are leaping all buildings in a single bound as superheros or cooking up the ultimate five-course meal as a top chef? Have you seen their classrooms or daycare centers filled with props and more, encouraging the children to all tap into their imagination? Well, although many may not think so, pretend play is extremely important for a child’s development. Here are some of the benefits of “pretend play” according to the experts. Photo Credit: Amina Filkins/ Expression and creative thinking Pretend play gets those creative juices flowing! Kids can express and act out different scenarios that encourage them to “go where no man has gone before”, all while fine-tuning their creative thinking skills, allowing them the opportunity for self-expression.& Communication and self-regulation Pretend play allows children to create scenarios where they are communicating. Whether they are blasting off into space or giving instructions to their students while playing school, this allows them to build communication skills that they will use throughout life. If they happen to be playing in a group, pretend play allows them the opportunity to self-regulate. They will be encouraged to regulate their own...