Encouraging creative pretend play in preschool children

Yan Grace LAM

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In this article, the development of pretend play and its relationships with different areas of child development are discussed. The gradual qualitative changes from pretend play observed in infants to that observed in young children are carefully delineated. The influences of quality pretend play on the developing child are explored, specifically the effects on the child's brain and how pretend play orchestrates cognitive, social, and emotional developments in children. Finally, two techniques that can foster creative pretend play in young children are suggested, and their implementations briefly discussed.
本文章討論扮演遊戲的發展,並其與幼兒其他發展範疇之關係。文內細心勾畫從剛出生不久的幼嬰至學前兒童所觀察得到在扮演遊戲上質素的漸變。此外,有思想策略的扮演遊戲對發展中兒童影響是無從否定的,而由於扮演遊戲要求孩子同時協調認知、社交,和管理情緒之能力,因此對這些範疇及孩子腦部發展的影響更無容置疑。最後,筆者扼要地介紹了兩種技巧以幫助幼兒發展有創意的扮演遊戲,並提供實踐的具體建議。 Copyright © 2005 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
JournalHong Kong Journal of Early Childhood
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


Lam, Y. G. (2005). Encouraging creative pretend play in preschool children. Hong Kong Journal of Early Childhood, 4(2), 31-34.


  • Alt. title: 促進學前幼兒的創意扮演遊戲


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