Do you ever feel bothered when your child mimics you when you cook, make-up or look after your garden? Worry no more. This is a natural behavior and response from children. Your child watches you on a daily basis. It is therefore natural for them to want to imitate and mimic what you are doing. Today’s post is going to explore the importance of mimic play toys.
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The importance of mimic play toys
Toddlers and babies learn a lot through imitation and mimic. Imitating those around them enables your child to learn about themselves and the world. Allowing your child to imitate what you’re doing empowers them to develop the emotional, cognitive and social skills they need to succeed as they keep growing up.
In fact, there will come a time you will need your child to help with household chores. What better way, to give your child toys that will enhance their skills through imagination?
Mimic toys are important for the following reasons:-
- Teaching etiquette to children
- Sharing information and knowledge
- Enhancing creative thinking
- Developing imagination
- Teaching collaboration between children
- Promoting memory and color recognition
- Practicing chores they will do when they are old enough
Examples of mimic play toys
It is not enough to know the importance of mimic play toys without citing a few examples from the Melissa & Doug catalogue. I also recommend that you read the importance of choosing the right age-appropriate toy on this link.
Age: 3 – 7 years
This wooden tea set has everything your child needs to host the perfect pretend tea party for her friends. The brightly colored tea bags make tea selection enjoyable.
- Tea pot with lid
- Two cups
- Two spoons
- Sugar bowl
- Milk pitcher
This set mimics real-life objects in the kitchen. It will enable your child to hold the perfect pretend party. The set is BPA-free and dishwater safe and perfect for a real snack time too!
- Plastic forks, spoons and knives
- Squeezable soap bottle
- Mesh covered sponge
- Metal drying rack
Age: 3 – 5 years
This is a must-have six-piece set for your child’s play kitchen. The sets look and sound like the real thing found in your family’s kitchen. For instance, the salt and pepper set shakes, the hot sauce pours while the ketchup squirts to mimic the real thing!
They enable your child to keep and organize everything neatly. The play pieces are built to withstand countless culinary adventures.
- Salt pepper
- Hot sauce
Age: 3+ years
This set of pretend-play comes with a realistic wooden mixer. Your child will enjoy slicing, blending and serving treats to herself as you make a treat for the family. It has a recipe card that will enable your child to make her favorite cakes and teats. The set promotes creative thinking, memory and number skills.
- Recipe card
- Cake mix box
- Cake pan
Your child mimics and imitates everything you do in the house. It is therefore a natural response and behavior. Because toys are part and parcel of what your child needs, it is important to find toys that will enhance, encourage and develop your child’s imagination.
This will enable you to pass on information as well as equip your child with skills they will need to develop and grow. Allow your child to explore the world around them by getting them the appropriate toy that will enhance their imagination.
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James Ouma is a CTI Clarity Coach, Cyclist and Writer. He is passionate about positive masculinity and helping incarcerated male teens to reconcile with their families and their communities. He loves staring at his bicycle, flipping through movies without watching them, and playing ‘tap out’ with his wife.