Paths to Learning

Imaginative Play

During imaginative play, children assume roles, use available objects to represent real objects, and move immediately into acting out an improvised story. The roles they assume, the ways they act out their roles, and how they use real or symbolic props gradually become more creative and complex over time. Neuroscience cognitive research indicates that active and extended imaginary play improves children’s brain development. At ANBL play sites, imaginary play happens naturally and quickly--like spontaneous combustion!