it's pretty much become background noise ... She will happily include you in the game assigning you a name and a role to play. Often you will call her name and she'll say "no, Im kitty" and you have to call "here kitty kitty". She loves to be a dog and play fetch with her brother.
Its only recently that I stopped to think about how much time she spends playing this way. It's great for me because all she needs is the use of her hands to play for hours having them talk to each other and do things.
is there a point at which it becomes too much? My 5 yo ds has never been this way. He does pretend games - cars with noises, or doctor, or kung fu but nothing like she does. He'll "play" xyz and then it's done.
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He was extremely verbal beginning in early infancy, and he is intellectually and physically years ahead of age peers. It is just in the past few months that he has stopped insisting that we call him by his character name. He still role plays all day intermittently and will stay in character for hours at a time, but it isn't constant anymore.
This sort of play-ability cn be a marker for giftedness. The intensity and sophistication of story-telling, attention to detail and ability to express oneself consistently in character- being in someone else's shoes- is an expression of high ability. Some children are gifted in just that way and don't appear to be in other ways. For others, it is one among many expressions of giftedness.
Unless your dd is unable to communicate with other non-role-players in real life (even if she stays in character), as in a sort of psychological quartering, I would be not just not concerned, but fascinated, as I am and was with our ds.
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i used it to my advantage and it was a great parenting tool for me.
things my dd wouldnt do her 'friends' would. i did silly pretend characters to amuse her and and divert her so that we kept tantrums to the minimum.
My son is 6 now, and we are paying lots and lots of money to put him in a private school where almost all that they do is build on imagination!
Imagination, (or said another way, creativity) is a vital life skill that is so important in almost any job you could imagine. If your child is imaginative and creative, she will think outside the box, she will be able to solve challenging problems that others may struggle with. She will creatively be able to handle all of life's challenges.
NURTURE her creativity and imagination! It's amazing that she has such a strong one, and feel proud about this -- it's a serious POSITIVE trait and will serve her well through her whole life.