Occupational Therapy -> Play -> Imaginative


Imaginative play, or "make-believe", occurs when a child role-plays experiences of interest, such as playing 'house' with their toys. There are various benefits that imaginative play contributes to a child's development. Children engage in imaginative play alone or with others.


  • Kiki is Flying Comic preview

    Kiki is Flying Comic

    Virginia Ingram, CCC-SLP

    Learn about Kiki’s unique way of flying and how an Occupational Therapist ends up working with Kiki. A great comic for OT month (or anytime you want to discuss what an OT does). Includes a blank co...

    Includes activity list
  • Kiki and Robo Play Hide and Seek - Comic, Coloring Activity, Prepositions preview

    Kiki and Robo Play Hide and Seek - Comic, Coloring Activity, Prepositions

    Virginia Ingram, MS CCC-SLP

    Kiki and Robo play hide and seek can be used by ST, OT, and PT. • OT: Coloring, prepositions • PT: Action verbs, imitating the activities or introducing the concept of hide and seek • ST: Prepositi...

    Includes activity list
  • The Flower Full Moon In May preview

    The Flower Full Moon In May

    Teodora Gajic Bakic

    Astronomy. Informative, fun facts about the full moon in May. Has 7 sentences and 1 image with the moon phases. Suitable for students on Autism Spectrum.

  • Outdoor Activity Recreation Hiking preview

    Outdoor Activity Recreation Hiking

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapy. Outdoor Group Activity. Imagination Hiking. Language Resource. SLP. OT. Speech. Local Hiking Trail. Small Animals.

    Includes activity list
  • Oopsy-Daisy National Day, June 8th preview

    Oopsy-Daisy National Day, June 8th

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. Possible reasons for why this phrase is used include the idea that it sounds cute or innocent, or that it is a way to distract or amuse someone who has ma...

  • Create a Scene - My Summer Town preview

    Create a Scene - My Summer Town

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Cut and glue your summer city. What is the purpose of other buildings?

  • Moth Day! preview

    Moth Day!

    Bethany Ayer

    A quick two page Resource with a Moth theme. Can be used as a naming game, visual scanning exercise, and coloring activity.

  • Reading Pasta Menu preview

    Reading Pasta Menu

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Reading Resource. Food Menu. Daily Life. Community. Ordering Food. Pretend Play. Social Stories at the Restaurant. Asking Questions. Feeding Resource. Occupational Therapy. Language Resource.

  • Kiki Blossoms Into Spring preview

    Kiki Blossoms Into Spring

    Bethany Ayer

    Physical Therapy Resource. Exercise Resource. Movement Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Blossom with Kiki using these exercises as a session outline or warmup activity.

  • Easter Egg 20 Min Decoration preview

    Easter Egg 20 Min Decoration

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Four activity sheets: 1 egg and 8 animal images for decoration (rooster, duck, frog, bee, caterpillar, butterfly, turtle, fish) Cut or tear and glue images. 3 slides: sound, move, and spelling. Wha...

    Includes activity list
  • First Day of School Activities preview

    First Day of School Activities

    Bethany Ayer

    Caregivers Handout. Teacher Handout. An easily scalable exercise with the First Day of School theme.

    Includes activity list
  • My Morning Routine preview

    My Morning Routine

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    ADL Resource. Chores. Senses. Routine. Occupational Therapy Resource. Activities of daily living: waking up; showering, teeth brushing, dressing, making the bed, eating breakfast, preparing lunch. ...

    Includes activity list
  • S is For Shaving Cream - A Sensory Activity preview

    S is For Shaving Cream - A Sensory Activity

    Bethany Ayer

    Sensory Integration Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. This is meant to be a sensory activity which can assist with reducing tactile sensitivity, encourage pre handwriting skills (by drawing ...

  • Kiki's Emotion Bingo! preview

    Kiki's Emotion Bingo!

    Bethany Ayer

    Emotional Regulation Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Language Resource. Kiki's Emotion Bingo can be used as an attention game, identifying emotions, problem solving task, as well as to tar...

  • 1 2 3 Watermelon! preview

    1 2 3 Watermelon!

    Bethany Ayer

    An easily scalable Resource including writing, drawing, visual scanning, counting, and more!

    Includes activity list
  • Back to School Word Hunt preview

    Back to School Word Hunt

    Bethany Ayer

    A quick 1 page printout to get back in the 'back to school' mindset. Have your client write as many items as they can think of for each category.

    Includes activity list

Reference links

  • Why Do the Children (Pretend) Play? Author: Angeline S. Lillard - Pretend play appears to be an evolved behavior because it is universal and appears on a set schedule. However, no specific functions have been determined for pretend play and empirical tests for its functions in humans are elusive. Yet animal play fighting can serve as an analog, as both activities involve as-if, metacommunicative signaling and symbolism. In the rat and some other animals, adaptive functions of play fighting include assisting social behavior and emotion regulation. Research is presented suggesting that pretend play might serve similar functions for humans.