role play toys are perfect for encouraging (pretend)play, ..and dressing as a faerie, pirate or knight and acting it out is just one example of the possibilities of role play.
“There's a lot of media and research today that states to parents that kids need to get up and moving again and return to basics in terms of child development,” ...“Parents are already keying into the necessity for kids to get up and go out and play, and I think [role play] helps with the physicality of it. And number two, there's the imagination. If they're sitting in front of a show on television, as a child, it does not enlist your own imagination. Whereas with role play, it's becoming creative, it's about becoming imaginative and it really helps them develop cognitively.”