I have noticed while playing with my niece that she likes to pretend play. For example, she used a book light as a phone because it opened like a phone so she opened it up and said hello. Another thing she likes to do is get a plastic plate and put a toy on it so she can eat it or better yet give it to someone else so they can eat it. Pretend play not only reflects but also adds to children's cognitive and social skills. There are many studies that show that make-believe play strengthens a lot of mental abilities such as sustained attention, memory, logical reasoning, language and literacy skills, imagination, creativity, understanding of emotions, and the ability to reflect on one's own thinking, control one's own behavior, and take another's perspective. As you can see make-believe play is beneficial for your child so you do not have to buy expensive toys. Let them use their imagination and you can join in on the fun as well which is also beneficial.
By: Kristyn Farrice