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Developmental Benefits

Imitative Play
Developmental Benefits

Auditory Stimulation

Fun and interesting sound effects draw baby’s attention to play.

Basic Maths Skills

Develops counting and number identification.

Cause & Effect

Rewards baby as they learn that their actions have reactions

Cognitive Development

Stimulates critical thinking through memory and logic games.

Cooperative Play

Encourages social skills like sharing and teamwork

Creative Play

Use imagination in a variety of ways and contexts to communicate ideas

Discovery Exploration

Heightens curiosity and encourages exploration.


Learn about the different areas of the world and their characteristics......

Hand Eye Coordination

Aiming and concentrating on a target improves hand/eye coordination.

Imaginative Play

Imagination and exploration through interaction with characters.

Imitative Play

Copying observed action encourages social and emotional skills.

Independent Play

Games and voice prompts allow children to control the pace.

Language Development

Introduces the alphabet, letter sounds and vocabulary.

Letters Names Phonics

Teaches letters and their sounds, the building blocks of reading.

Motor Skills

Encourages fine motor skill development.

Musical Creativity

Enhances musical skills with music and sound activities.

Problem Solving

Develops logic skills and strategic thinking through memory.

Reading Comprehension

Expand understanding of writing and gather information from text.

Reading Development

Improve speed, fluency and expression when reading.

Role Play

Develops imagination and encourages cooperation, listening and turn-ta......

Science Concepts

Exploration of various environments & associated vocabulary.

Sensory Development

A variety of textures, visuals and sounds stimulate sensory developmen......

Tactile Stimulation

Mixture of different textures provide stimulation for baby.

Visualisation Memory

Engaging graphics & visualisation activities develop memory.

Word Building

Expands Vocabulary through age appropriate words.

Copying observed action encourages social and emotional skills.

Imitation begins very early in an infant’s life. Young children learn socially from older children and adults by copying them. Imitative play is a fundamental part of learning; young children watch adults and then copy them extensively. Throughout their early years children are learning to adapt to the cultural world into which they have been born. Imitative play allows children to experiment with the cultural tools and behaviour that they have observed. Children try to use laptops, phones and any other electronic device available to them because they have seen adults using and interacting with these devices. Young children’s manual dexterity and hand and eye coordination is well adapted for using mobile phones and other devices. Children can benefit from having replica items available, such as an infant laptop or an imitation mobile phone. These electronic items can enhance manual skills, hand and eye coordination and spatial skills.<br /> Imitative play requires children to observe and copy other’s behaviour. Sometimes children watch another child performing an action but don’t copy the action immediately. Lots of imitative play occurred in our nursery school study where we observed children playing with VTech toys. Children learn through observing and copying others. Young children watch other children and observe the consequences of actions without having to perform the actions themselves. This can help with social and also motor skills. A young child in our nursery study watched another child press a button on a toy to play some music and then jig up and down. After wandering off the young child who had observed the jigging returned to the toy pressed the button and began to jig up and down to the music. Children learn from each other as they play. Imitative play allows for lots of repetition which is also a valuable learning activity.

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