There were several positive responses to the Bright Idea I gave on June 27 about Pretend Play. I thought making it a week long theme would give us all the opportunity to share the ideas and expereince we have in this area.
Most of us realize that planning out imaginary play is difficult, and even impossible at times. The truth is, the best pretend play is often spontaneous. I have found the only way to prepare for it is to have lots of ideas at my fingertips. The more examples I read about online, or see at friend's houses, the easier it is to immediately encourage my child's imagination when he starts showing interest in something.
I know you moms have all done some pretend play, so please take TWO MINUTES and share ideas. (Don't tell me you don't have 2 minutes, or you shouldn't be surfing the internet.) Here are some questions to get you started. Which scenarios does your child love to act out? What details have you added to extend your child's pretend play. What do you keep in your costume box? Have you made some simple homemade props? What books did you try acting out? What toys are great for encouraging imaginary play?
And while I'd much rather read what you have done, here are some other ideas I came across while searching the web.
Brain Play (pages 1-2 list benefits of pretend play, 3 gives suggestions for you to follow, and page 4 has specific ideas of props/scenarios)
Pretend Play in the Elementary Years (5 ideas for scenarios)
Still Stuck on Pretend Play (ideas for scenarios and props)