Characteristics of pretend role play
This chapter aims to develop a diagnostic method for pretend play level. The assessment of such a level is based on the structural components of the imagined situation. This situation includes: plot or general play content, interaction with partners, objects to act with, sequence of actions, and space for the activity. The method includes assessment of the following patterns: play plot, children's play interaction, using toys and materials, and creation of play space. Each of these parameters in children's play can be carried out at a different level – through a realistic plan, substitution or through a replacement plan, or an imagined plan. These parameters differ at each point of the phase from 3 to 6 years. The role development includes three stages of formation in this age. The three stages are role in action, role in plot, and role in relationship. Each age stage has its own characteristics of structural components, which can determine the development of the play.