Think back to your childhood. Do you remember playing make believe or dress up? Chances are you do.
To this day I still remember fondly and chuckle about growing up in the 80’s and having tea parties with my mom and sister. My mom would use our mini tea set and have tea and “crumpets” (which were really just Bisquick biscuits). We each had to pick a character for ourselves. Mom was always Mrs. Beasley and talked with a really fake English accent.
My (older) sister and I were big “Chipmunks” fans. Of course, she always picked Brittany from the Chipette’s.
Since my first pic of Brittany was already taken, my sister decided it would be fun to pick my pretend tea party identity – Theodore.
I guess my point is that 25 years later, we all still laugh out loud thinking about those tea party days and now as a parent, I wonder what will be our special ‘famly’ memory. How can I replicate some fun non-tea party moments with my girls?
Playing ‘make believe’ is such a big part of every child’s life. Whether they’re pretending to be a specific charter or role-playing, like ‘house’ or ‘doctor’, they’re working their mental muscles, too. Even if it’s not apparent, when they’re playing make believe, it’s actually helping them build memory, local reasoning, literacy and their concentration – not to mention their ability to adapt to new environments in the “real world”.
Eager to learn about how kids use their imagination when playing, we look to part two of our State of Imagination study. Here we learn what moms say their kids are most likely to pretend to be and how often they play make believe.
As important as make believe is to their development, I was surprised to see that 41% of kids only “sometimes” play make believe.
What Kids Pretend to Be when Playing Make Believe
- 55% Superhero
- 49% Princess | 49% Teacher
- 45% Monster
- 44% Pop Star
- 36% Pirate
How Often Kids Play Dress Up
- 25% Rarely
- 41% Sometimes
- 22% Frequently
- 12% All the Time
What do you say? More time for make believe and dress-up? I think so. Perhaps we’ll spend the whole evening pretending to be someone (or something) else!
Do your kids play make believe or dress up? If so, what do you catch them pretending to be?