I took it on my own accord to research a concept I’ve come across in real life and in research: pretend play. There are several existing establishments that cater to this method of play. Pretend play is defined as symbolic behaviour in which one thing is playfully treated as if it were something else. Specifically, objects are used to represent other objects to make up stories, use fantasy, role-play, and to express themes (e.g., eating, monsters, fun games). The verdict of its importance is divided between some researchers swearing by its benefits, while others believe it is not essential to child development. Pretend play is associated with creativity since it requires children to use their imagination. In addition, it can promote the development of cognitive and social skills. Further, some researchers maintain that pretend play is an area where children appear to learn about constitutive rules. For example, a study was conducted with the purpose of determining if young children appear to understand the basic structure of constitutive rules in their pretence by proficiently and creatively tailoring their pretend actions to an object’s fictional status even when this changes between contexts (i.e., understanding a normative quality means for young children to be capable of coming to an understanding that social practices have a cultural dimension to them, such that members of a specific culture do things a certain way). Not much is known about children’s understanding of the normative component of constitutive rules, and so games of joint pretence offer an interesting opportunity to prove this understanding. Studies revealed that young children see the pretence-reality distinction, and the distinction between different pretence identities, as normative. More generally, the results of these studies demonstrate young children’s ability to enforce normative rules in their pretence and to do so context-specifically. While pretend play’s importance may be overlooked and its impact may require more research, I think it creates a fun, positive environment for children to experience and is definitely a concept worth exploring.