There are tons of articles out there about the importance of pretend play in child development. Here is an example if you are interested in reading more. Honestly, just try and stop your kids from pretending. It is such a natural state of being that conscious thought bring in pretend play.
Understanding the importance of pretending and how if works with the energy system is worth contemplating as you parent your energetic beings.
Why is it important?
As your children learn to pretend, they are learning how to flex their manifesting muscles. They are learning abstract thought, which is key to beginning to understand the subtle bodies of energy. They learn social and emotional skills, which activates the chakras and balances the system. It provides an opportunity to work through complex issues without having to experience them for real.
It also makes for a healthy, free thinking adult. It helps them develop independent thought and creativity. Think about the idea "think out of the box". This is the grown up way of saying, pretend you have a new answer to the questions being asked and make it so.
Pretend play, window into your child's mind
Listening to your children's pretend play can also give you a clue into how they are taking in the world. You may think your child isn't aware of the tension between you and your spouse but then notice them pretending to have tension between their lego guys that sounds surprisingly like something you are saying in your head.
Not all pretend play is a way to work out confusing energy, but it can definitely show up there and you can follow the breadcrumbs to unlock your children and where they are coming from. It can also help you learn more about where they are focusing their energy.
How can it be enhanced with energy?
Don't define reality when it comes to energy
Let your children tell you about how their perceive energy. Don't question the reality of what they are saying and instead, let them share with you what they think. Our understanding of the world is always expanding and changing. When you allow them to explore reality in their own way you allow them to create the world in a way that suits them. Their world will be very different by the time they get to the age you are. Acknowledge you don't have all the answers.
Give it a personality
When they are struggling with an emotion, ask them to assign a being to it. Give the being a name and a look. They might even (when they are calm) draw a picture of this being and talk about what the being really wanted. Feed that being and ask it to go away or come up with ideas on how you can keep it away when it comes back the next time. Human consciousness likes definitions and concrete concepts. Using the energy of pretending allows you to abstractly deal with issues and bring in the energy you want.
Pretending to manifest
As children, we fantasized about what our life would be like. What kind of fancy car we would drive or house we would live in. At some point, we were told to create from our fear space and "be reasonable" about our expectations of life. You can turn this on its head with your kids. Encourage them to pretend to pass a test, make a new friend, or visit and enchanted island. Encourage them to expect the best out of life and to trust themselves in their creations.
The bottom line is, there is a blur between what is real and what is pretend. As we allow our minds to drift into creative forces and expand into the ideas of what is real, we allow ourselves to always expand our lives. We get to go into places that we couldn't even have imagined before and do things we never knew existed. Let your children keep that spark as long as they can and let them be your teachers.