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Play is what children do and is how they learn Play is a significant component of human development Although most parents would agree that play comes naturally to children and is a critical part of each childs day some questions linger What kind of play is best for learning certain skills What can parents do to encourage cooperative play Which is better free play or coordinated activities How much help or direction should a parent give These are just some of the questions parents are concerned with Children learn vital skills through all kinds of play even unstructured fun What seems like a simple game of pretend could be valuable preparation for dealing with peers in elementary school Jean Piaget found that there is a distinction between imitation and dramatic play Piaget saw imitation as the opposite of play He believed that play was a process wherein children work on fitting reality into their own understanding While they are playing children use their imagination and creativity they work on forming new ideas and understandings When children simply imitate on the other hand they attempt to conform to something external in order to duplicate what they have seen Although imitation can serve as a helpful springboard to dramatic play it is stagnant in and of itself During imaginative or dramatic play children create new and varied roles which represent different experiences in their lives However during imitative play children repeat stereotyped roles from what they may have seen on television When engaged in imaginative play children generate their own language using codes and special names Instead during imitative play children often repeat scripts or sound bites from TV Children involved in imaginative play use their imaginations to develop a variety of play scenarios Children involved in imitative play use only screen images as a source for play ideas Children weave television life experiences and stories from books into their imaginative play Children use
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