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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.

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Dramatic Play

What Your Baby Can Learn from Pretending

Has your baby started to copy your activities, holding your phone to her ear or sweeping with a toy broom? This is pretend play, also known as Dramatic Play, which begins when your child is around 12-18 months old. Dramatic Play is important to her early learning because it helps foster her development of "abstract thinking, literacy, math and social studies." At this age, it involves simple imitation, but by preschool it will blossom into complex, involved situations and characters.

Has your baby achieved the following Dramatic Play developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) she 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.