03-21-2010, 04:30 AM
How cute! Your child is pouring you a cup of tea from a pretend teapot or blowing on pretend soup to cool it. Notice the deep concentration in your little hostess's face. This type of make-believe is more than fun; it's a "safe" way to practice social skills and express herself. In a low-key way, help your child extend her make-believe conversations by asking questions she can't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." At a tea party ask, "Who are the guests?" or "What are you serving?" She'll think of her own responses, creatively adding a pinch of this, a dash of that ... and you'll be nurturing the communication skills that will help her play with others.