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How to encourage pretend play [girl]?

my almost 4 yr old does not do a lot of pretend play [baby dolls, kitchen etc] unless someone else is interacting with her. how can i encourage her to pretend play or should i not worry?

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Asked by AgentBrez at 4:22 PM on Oct. 5, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Interact with her.

    Children learn by watching others. She doesn't know what to do by herself. The more you play with her, the better she'll play when she's alone.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:26 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • i guess that's my problem. im not one for pretend play myself. id rather read, color, do a puzzle with her.

    Comment by AgentBrez (original poster) at 4:27 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Just join in I usually play pretend with my dd when it's only she and I at home and she GL and have fun I know she will love having mommy playing with her ;)

    Answer by Butterfly1108 at 4:28 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • There are tons of things I have to MAKE myself do also - i know its hard - like i have a hard time rough housing or being silly - where dad is totally the silly one so he can make up for that - but I do have to work on that - if you can't do it, then maybe institute someone else who will be her pretend playmate... like dad or grandma

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 4:32 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Play with her. How about barbie dolls or something of that nature? All little girls love barbie dolls! I know if I had a daughter Id be playing with her, lol. GL :)

    Answer by xxMasonsMommaxx at 4:34 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • If she doesn't have a lot of interaction with other girls her age, trying to get more of that might be helpful. We do encourage it in our home, but I noticed a big difference when my twins moved into the 3 and 4 year old class at daycare; they have picked up all sorts of new pretend games in the last month. I would encourage you to keep trying too, but sometimes being around other kids is what helps the most.


    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 5:09 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • You may have answered your own question. She also may not be as in to pretend play as others. While I've done some pretend play with my son, he just naturally seems to be into it (even though he's an only child). Find a type of pretend play you're most comfortable with and start there. Opportunities with other kids will also help.

    Answer by momofryan07 at 7:22 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Good Question!! My dd will play kitchen, play with a Mickey's Club House, and even Barbies at times.... but not babies..

    Answer by mom2maddie06 at 10:37 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

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