28 Mar '11, 10pm

read with your child Not just child's play: If you only put the child in a reading programme but do not let him

You invest in sophisticated learning software, the latest toys and gadgets, and go through flash card drills with Junior. Experts, however, say there is a simpler, and less expensive, way to enhance your preschooler's development. And that's to let them play pretend - the good old fashioned way. Yes, you read that correctly. Pretend play occurs when children use or do something to represent something else. Examples include pretending that a block is a car and zooming it around, whipping up a delicious meal with scraps of cardboard, or pretending to be someone else such as a doctor or a teacher. "From experience, Singapore parents hardly view pretend play as important," said Lee Kong Meng, a senior speech therapist at the University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital. "To them, they think it is better to let the child do other activities to hone thei...

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