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The children came in one morning and decided they needed to “make milk.” We first asked the children what they needed to make milk. They began listing a few ingredients and things:
- “A Cow” (this shows that the children know where milk comes from)
The children made soup earlier this week in our outdoor kitchen space! While their hearts delighted in creating a concoction of mud, leaf, and dirt soup, their minds were working far beyond this as a result of pretend play. Pretend play has a major benefit to social, emotional, and mental development in children and leads to increased communication skills. Children are allowed to be whoever they want and create whatever they want in pretend play. According to Pollock, this process of looking for solutions to obstacles develops the analytical skills of your child and promotes resourcefulness, creativity, abstract thinking and logical reasoning. Most of us don’t give children real, raw materials to cook or bake with, so they substitute real foods with ones they can paly with, like leaves, mud, flowers, and water! When children stir and pan of soup and comment on how delicious the soup smells, they are recalling past memories and further developing their cognitive skills. This imaginary practice of cooking, serving, and preparing food is beautiful to watch because the children are mimicking things they learn from their parents!