Symbolic games are important as the child learns by imitating real situations. They increase their capacity for empathy by putting themselves “in someone else’s shoes”, something that could be very beneficial for their future life. It also raises your imagination and response to various cases.
It is important that the child begins to notice the elements of his environment and how he can use them in each situation. That happens with symbolic games. In addition, on many occasions they learn to relate to others.
Examples of symbolic play
- Feed a doll as if it were another child.
- Pretend to speak on the phone.
- Play mommy with classmates.
- Imitate dad driving the car.
- Imitating doctors caring for a patient.
- They plan what each character will do in their game.
- They introduce gestures (like an adult in the family) that we didn’t notice when they were younger.
- Play at being chefs.
- Play at being office workers and hold meetings.
- Imitate owning a store and having customers to whom you sell products.