I recently picked up a couple of books at the Wells Library in Albany. They are both by the same author, Jackie Silberg. Miss Jackie has a website that is loaded with information. She also has written numerous books with ideas for infants, toddlers, and young children. The two books I have been reading are “More Games to Play with Toddlers” and “300 -3 Minute Games – Quick and Easy Activities for 2-5 Year Olds.” I will be returning these to the library soon, if anyone wants to check them out. The following activity is from “300 – 3 Minute Games” page 139. The game is called Let’s Pretend and it helps teach thinking skills:
Pretending teaches the difference between reality and fantasy. Tell your child you are going to pretend to eat an ice cream cone. Pretend to lick the ice cream, make comments about the taste and chew the cone. Ask him to copy you and pretend to eat an ice cream cone. Pretend to do things that are familiar to your child. For example, brushing teeth, drinking milk, combing hair and blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Pretending is also a good way to develop your child’s imagination.
I love the idea of this game because it doesn’t require any props or accessories. It can be played anywhere/anytime and is a quiet game too. Have fun with pretending. We are never too old to play games.