Pretend Play. Peggy Miller Department of Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Pretend Play. What is pretend play? And why is it interesting? Development of pretend play Imaginary companions Pretend play as coping Cultural variation.
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Peggy MillerDepartment of Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky
Pretend role play = transformation of: actions, objects, and IDENTITIES
e.g., bride/groom, Superhero/bad guy, doctor/patient, engine/caboose
50-65% of children studied in U.S. have imaginary companions
Drawings of Margarine, an invisible girl shared by brother (left drawing) and sister (right drawing)
Everyday Pretending at Home (Haight & Miller, 1993)
Growing evidence of universals:
Growing evidence of differences:
*Pretend play takes radically
different forms in children’s lives
when it peaks
*Pretend play serves different functions and meanings and inculcates different values