It's Real Kids Thursday. An important form of play in childhood is pretending--pretend cooking, pretend monsters, pretend driving a truck. Very young children often play and pretend alone. Older children can build more complex scenes to act out together. They take their parts, and interact in their roles, improvising as they go. It's fun. And it may be a very important aspect of cognitive growth, too. This article here explores the possible benefits of pretending for real kids. When children are pretending, they are making up stories, just like us.