The Importance of Imaginative Play.

Special Educational Needs Resources Blog

We’ve all heard the phrase

they’ve got so many toys but all they want to do is play with the box!’ 


Why is this? And is it such a bad thing if they do play with a box?

In my opinion, no! Playing with the box is a great opportunity for imaginative play. That box has the potential to be anything! It can be a rocket blasting off to space, a shop to buy food or a fire engine to put out fires.

So what is Imaginative Play?

Imaginative play is extremely important as it helps children make sense of the world around them.

By acting out situations they have experienced, from going to see the doctor to looking after their baby sister, they are processing their thoughts and helping themselves to understand them.

What are the other benefits of imaginative play?

  • Develops language and communication skills. A…

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