Work together with your child to create a play kitchen by offering them pots, spoons, and other safe kitchen items. Use the top of a table as a stove and ask them what they need to make food, like soup. Pretend to put in ingredients and take turns stirring and tasting your creation!
See what your child is learning
Pretending is essential to learning. In addition to learning more about everyday life like cooking, children are learning that one thing can stand for something else (a table is a stove). This is an ability they will also use learning that letters stand for sounds or numbers stand for quantities of things.