As the rooms are set, the people are selected, mommies, daddies, babies, boys and girls. If you listen carefully, you will hear a dialogue begin, “mommy the phone is ringing,” says a high pitched voice. Another voice says, “It’s daddy, I wonder what he wants.” And so the dialogue continues, two children creating an imaginary world. They carefully move the dolls from room to room, and the dialogue between the figures continues as one child responds to the other. Soon another child arrives, she joins in the creation, following the play of the other children and they accommodate her into their play.
One might see pretend play as a child’s entertainment that is not relevant to intellectual development. At a glance it is no more than two little girls playing, but through the eyes of the Early Childhood Teacher it is so much more.