Pretend play enhances creativity and imagination


  • shallu Sansanwal National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Pretend play, creativity, imagination


This paper reviews the literature to examine the themes that aims to find the association of pretend play with creativity and how pretend play is predictive of later life creativity. The developmental trends and issues of the play and creativity are also examined to find if any age and gender differences are there in developmental patterns of creativity through pretend play. The review of literature made it clear that pretend play uses cognitive processes that are involved in creative thinking. So pretend play is a predictor of creativity. Results of studies till date also indicated that creativity though develops in continuum has periods of lags and spurts throughout the childhood to adolescence. Gender differences have also been found in girls and boys play behaviors as girls are found to be engaged more in realistic role-playing than boys of their age in preschools. Later girls are found to excel boys in verbal and fluency tasks of creativity in early adolescence.Keywords: Pretend play, Creativity, Cognitive Processes, Developmental patterns, Gender differences and Review

Author Biography

shallu Sansanwal, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Early Childhood and special needs Education


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