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Pretend Play

Developmental Milestones


Updated July 23, 2007

Pretend play, or imitating activities, is an important developmental milestone that most infants reach when they are about ten to 16 months old.
Pretend Play

Pretend Play

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Pretend play often involves things like using a computer mouse like a phone, imitating an activity a toddler has seen his parents do over and over.

Toddlers will also begin to copy more of their parents daily household tasks, such as dusting and sweeping, at around 18 months.

Pretend play will get more elaborate as your child gets older; for example, your child pretends he is a doctor, fireman, or race car driver.


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The Denver Developmental Assessment (Denver II)

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