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Early learning starts at birth. Help your child develop the fundamental skills and knowledge that will lead to his future academic and life success. Learn how to support your child's learning each week and discover engaging play activities that are "just right" for his early education.

Your Child's Development & Learning

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Dramatic Play

Is Your Child Playing You as Mommy or Daddy?

Pretending is an important type of play for young children. Often, they use pretend play to test out specific skills, behaviors, and actions they've observed in others. Pretend play probably started simply, with your child holding a phone his ear to "talk" to someone, or putting a shirt on his head, pretending it's a hat. Now that your child is three to four years old, his pretend play scenarios can become a lot more complex and rich in narrative. One of the scenarios you may see your child play out over and over again is that of being "mom" or "dad." You may see him rock his dolls to sleep or make believe that he's feeding them. You may even hear him repeat some of the things you say! Be sure to encourage this type of play - it's helping your child develop his vocabulary, problem-solving ability, and various social emotional skills.

Has your child achieved the following Dramatic Play milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.