While studying Early Childhood education there is one thing I learned that has always stuck with me and that is that children need "play" in their lives. There is a growing amount of research that shows that pretend play and social/cognitive development are strongly linked. With our technology-centered world, children are getting less and less of this type of imaginative play. When children do enjoy pretend play, they are building their imagination, seeing the world through new perspectives and strengthening their development! Not to mention they are having fun.