There's a great deal of difference between how we learn as adults and how young children learn. Children pretend in order to comprehend the world around them.
Here are some ideas of what to provide:
- Unbreakable dishes, bowls, pots, utensils, etc.
- Old clothes and hats for dress up.
- Some type of "house". This can be any kind of doll house, or Sesame Street Neighborhood, or car garage, etc. Children can play for hours making up scenarios.
Now sit back and watch your children as they play. You'll be amazed at the storylines and the vocabulary that they use. A word of warning... be prepared to see yourself in what they will say and do! Sometimes they will open your eyes to some behaviors and words that you might want to change or omit in the future.