Math PK-2

Systems Change


Imagining allows students to step back from a problem or task and think about it from multiple angles. Through this kind of play, learners naturally take on different roles to act out multiple perspectives and possible problem-solving scenarios, developing their Cognitive Flexibility.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch a preschool classroom that supports student learning through dramatic and pretend play. By exploring pretend situations, students learn how to communicate with their peers and develop their Social Awareness and Relationship Skills.

  • Dramatic play to retell a word problem allows learners to practice their Language Skills to better comprehend the Operations in the problem. As they role play these problems with others, they also gain a deeper understanding of various Emotions and practice Self-Regulation and Social Awareness Skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how Supermarket - Game for Kids allows learners to pretend play with interactions at a supermarket. By roleplaying the tasks of a store manager, learners practice and explore their own Social Awareness and Relationship Skills while also improving their Symbolic Number and Counting skills.

  • Products can develop playful games around real-life scenarios, allowing learners to explore math in daily life. For example, Toca Boca has a pretend store game where learners can develop skills such as Counting and Operations.