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Encouraging pretend play in Flagstaff’s young children builds their brains

| October 24, 2016
Encouraging pretend play in Flagstaff’s young children builds their brains

This time of year, stores are filled with seasonal costumes and children excitedly transforming into their favorite superhero or cartoon character.

For young children, the type of play associated with dressing up and pretending to be someone else is an integral part of learning.

“Did you ever stop to watch toddlers or preschoolers imagining themselves as princesses and pirates?” said Ginger Sandweg, First Things First Senior Director for Early Learning. “When children play, they draw on all their past experiences – things they have done, seen others do, or heard stories about – and use those to develop their own situations, stories and scenarios. And they are learning in the process.”

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