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Imagination at Play

6 Clock Hours / 0.6 CEUs

Imagination at Play

Imagination at Play Course Description: 

This course applies to toddlers and preschoolers. 

Play is vital to children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Learn ways to support children’s spontaneous imaginative play and creative thinking as well as ways to incorporate creative dramatics into your early childhood program. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Imagination at Play you will be able to identify how pretend play helps children learn various skills; describe children's different styles of pretend play; choose strategies that support children's imaginative, creative thinking throughout their day; and identify the health of children's fantasy play and role of imaginary friends. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
IAP-13N9 CourseBook English60.6 $40.00
IAP-23N9 Online Course English60.6 $40.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Attention Texas Students: Please click here to see how this course can be used towards the Texas Preservice training requirement.


Topics Covered in Imagination at Play:

  • The importance of pretend play in children's emotional development
  • How pretend play contributes to children's flexible, inventive thinking
  • How pretend play helps children learn to see the world from more than one point of view
  • How pretend play helps children learn to take charge and practice planning skills
  • How pretend play facilitates children's language and literacy development
  • How pretend play contributes to the development of children's social interaction skills
  • Ways that thoughtful adults can contribute to children's pretend play
  • Children's different styles of pretend play
  • Ways to support children's imaginative, creative thinking throughout their day
  • The role of imaginary friends in young children's development
  • Tips on evaluating the health or ill health of children's fantasy play
  • Tips to help teachers become comfortable with creative dramatics activities
  • The many things children can learn from creative dramatics activities
  • Ways to use stories in children's dramatic activities
  • The role of fairy tales in children's imaginative play
  • The steps children go through in becoming involved in story re-enactment
  • The teacher's role in story re-enactments
  • Stories that are appropriate for re-enactment

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Student Comments on Imagination at Play:

I really enjoyed Imagination at Play. The importance of intentional dramatic play opportunities in ECE classrooms is sometimes overlooked, and as a preschool teacher/drama enthusiast it was so refreshing to move through this course. Thank you!! - Portland, Oregon

I thought the courses were great. There were many topics from which to choose. The material [Imagination at Play] was very helpful. I am already using ideas in my classroom. I have been teaching preschool for over 20 years and I am always looking for new courses to help me keep my program current, interesting, age appropriate and fun! In a few weeks I plan to take a course on infant language development which will help me personally and professionally. I feel is is important not only to know where your children should be, but how skills developed and how they should continue to develop. This will be a great opportunity to see how language develops in children. Oh yes, and I have a new granddaughter so it will be helpful in guiding her language acquisition. Thanks for providing high quality courses at reasonable rates. I have a list of courses I am interest in for the future. Also, my certificate arrived in just a few days! - Wilmington, Delaware

Thank you for asking about my course [Imagination at Play]. I finished my course and took my tests yesterday. I am very impressed with your program. I have been teaching preschool for twenty years, and often when I take a continuing education class it is the same info I've already known. The class on the importance of dramatic play was very well written and included up to date research that I had never heard of before. I will seriously consider taking more classes from your company in the future. Thank you! - Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Course completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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Care Courses currently offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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