The imagination is a wonderful thing. As children are acquiring the necessary skills for life, imaginative play fosters their growth and development. Sawyer, at 2 1/2, is really getting into pretending with his toys, and we make sure he has lots that he can enjoy talking and interacting with.
We recently received the Imagine I Can Feel Better MD Kit from Manhattan Toys. I knew this would be a great way to promote imaginative play for the kiddo. As I’ve watched him play with the kit (and also been his patient), I’m happy to see the growth that is being supported.
Benefits of Imaginative Play for Kids
Language Skills – In imaginative play, you are likely to hear your child use words that they have never uttered before. Though my child clams up the moment his pediatrician enters the room, he knows what to say to his patents while playing with the doctor’s kit. He tells them what he is going to do before he does it and “calms” then down during their doctor’s visit.
Social Skills – Cooperation is important when playing with others, and imaginative play fosters this trait. When Sawyer and I take turns being doctor and patient, he tells me which he wants to be. Sometimes, we are a doctor and nurse, with one of his stuffed animals being the patient. Sawyer learns the importance of sharing and working together with this kit too.
Emotional Skills – Emotions tend to pour out when a child is doing pretend play. Sawyer is very sympathetic to his “patients” and acts very professional and friendly with them. When he is the patient, he pretends to be sad or hurt. It’s too cute to watch! I know it’s helping foster his development too, so I completely go along with it.
Creativity – Being creative is an important part of life. You want to make things fun or entertaining, and imaginative play easily does that. Sawyer comes up with the funniest things to say and do when he’s using his imagination.
Problem Solving Skills – The doctor’s kit (and any imaginative toy, really) presents problems that the kiddo has to solve. A patient has a “boo boo” so what do you do? Give him a bandaid of course! What about if he has a hurt arm? Use the sling so it will get better. It’s fun to see him presented with a problem and working toward fixing it.
The Feel Better MD Kit features everything your little one needs to be a pretend doctor, including a face mask, stethoscope, bottle of medicine and reflex hammer. It all stores neatly in the tin box also included. Sawyer loves the kit because his Nana is currently in school to be a registered nurse. He can play with his imaginative toys while she uses her real stethoscope to check his heart beat!
This kit retails for $20 and is just one of the products in Manhattan Toy’s Imagine I Can toy line. Be sure to check out the rest!