Let your imagination run wild! Dramatic play is rich with developmental, physical, and social-emotional benefits for children of all ages — no assembly required. Dramatic play can represent fantasy as well as known or anticipated situations. Spark your child’s imagination with these simple games that not only create opportunities for family fun, but hone useful critical thinking and problem-solving skills, too. Create a parade of feelings by encouraging your kids to act out different emotions or practice conflict resolution by role-playing. And you can play along too! The more parents support imaginary play in the home, the more likely kids will be to use it as a way to express themselves and their ideas. Making time for taking the stage and playing pretend with your kids builds positive connections — and even boosts empathy.