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A close observer of young children's pretend play sees that they are figuring out how others feel. They are learning to take turns, share, and make friends. As children talk with each other and try out their ideas, vocabularies expand. Problem solving is a natural development as children decide who will play which roles, what the "rules" are for their play, and how the scenario will evolve.
Store small items on low, open shelves. Hang clothing from racks or hooks to make selection and cleanup easier. Make sure child traffic can flow easily into, and through, the pretend play area.
Join in with the children when you're invited. Look for opportunities to facilitate relationships or imaginations by playing a minor role. Have a cup of "hot, fragrant tea." If you "hear a baby," mention that it sounds like "a hungry cry." Suggest extensions for play, and then gracefully bow out as children pick up from there.
Close adult supervision is required to ensure safety of young children. Projects with small parts and scissors with metal blades are for children ages 4 and older.