Role-playing or pretend play is essential to your little one’s development. It has unique benefits that surpass any other learning aid, as it gives a chance to your kid to be in someone else’s shoes. Through enacting like being doctors, policemen, firemen, chefs or any other profession, children are learning to solve problems, develop understanding of the situation and enhance on their soft skills such as good communication skills, presentation and self-confidence.
Studies have increasingly shown that pretend play generate clear benefits of about two and one half through ages six or seven. Below mentioned points will help you skim through the benefits of how pretend play helps children learn.
- Learning about themselves – Children first hand learn about their likes and dislikes. Their own abilities are explored and interest areas are surfaced. Role playing help them express their own feelings and new ideas. When little girls dress up their dolls just as themselves is an example of how pretend play helps in creative expression.
- Design thinking is developed – In a world where we rotate around innovative ideas, pretend play help children develop the skill of deign thinking that is required to solve complex situations. Role playing requires strategizing, communicating and using of social skills. Through such activities kids learn the periphery of how adults conduct their profession and side by side develop key human skills such as kindness and empathy.
- Emotional Quotient is raised- In real world, besides just intelligence quotient, emotional quotient plays an important role in being successful. How we interact with each other, respect other people’s opinion and professions, recognize emotions and believe in fair play is all generated and learnt through role-playing. Such skills are vital and cannot be developed through any theoretical learning.
- Cultivates Social intelligence – Children are inquisitive and playful by nature. Therefore best learning should match with their flow of energy. Any learning that restricts them from their true being will never stand the test of time. Therefore, all learning is best aided in social settings. Isolation limits child development and restricts on to the opportunities that are needed for overall growth. Pretend play cultivates social skills and synthesizes knowledge and skills. Children end up employing math calculations, writing skills, experiment with shapes and weights as they engage themselves in pretend play.
As parent you can also play role-playing with your children very much at the comfort at your home. You could invite your children to be their favorite story character and create situations where the kid has to think, act, improvise and craft a new story line. You can also buy small set-ups like a doctor’s kit or post office recreational set up and let your child unfurl in the world of imagination and exploration of his own creative abilities.