Pretend Play with Apps
By Betsy Furler, Speech Pathologist and Training/Therapy Coordinator for BridgingApps
As a speech pathologist and a mom, I love to use iPads and apps to play with my children and the children I work with. Pretend-play skills are vital to a child’s cognitive and language development. Mr. Rogers once said, “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”
We need to be mindful of always providing children with the time and space for play. Toys can be cumbersome to bring with you, but an iPad is easily portable, and you can load many apps on the device for a variety of activities. There are some awesome apps that build pretend-play skills and facilitate cooperative play — on the go!
Category: Digital Play
Target age: 3 to 12 years old
Skill level: Beginner
Materials: Stuff you probably have at home
Prep time: None: Be spontaneous!
What You’ll Need
- tablet with apps installed