Why Role Play Is Important For Children’s Growth
Early childhood learning involves many activities that require your child’s participation. Among the many activities available for your child to take part in, role-playing is among the few that have a significant impact on their growth.
Children learn a lot from their environment. They love mimicking adults and trying to fit in their shoes. While this may look like an attempt to fit in, it goes a long way in shaping your child’s future.
As a parent, you should encourage your child to engage in role-play activities. Let them learn to role-play alone, with their peers, at home with relatives and with their toys as well. Today we let you in on some of the gains that come with this amazing activity. They include:
By pretending to be a doctor, a nurse, a vet or any other role that requires caring for others, your child understands feelings. They can distinguish between sadness and joy and they develop a sense of empathy. This makes them emotionally mature as they can relate to what those around them are feeling.
Role-playing also makes your child understand that they cannot always have their way. They learn how to deal with low moments as well. Instead of crying and whining when they do not get their needs fulfilled, your child begins to respond to disappointments positively.
Creativity And Imagination
When taught through the traditional lecture programs, your child is limited to cramming the exact lessons necessary for passing exams. This is great but limits your child’s ability to think for themselves.
They do not quickly come up with new ideas and are afraid to pursue new talents. Role-playing on the other hand is empowering. It allows your child to exercise their creativity as they come up with solutions to save their ‘real situations’.
Their imagination keeps growing when they practice things they have seen adults around them do and their brains expand to store even more information.
People who have trouble communicating with others often face social anxiety, among other disorders. Such conditions, in turn, makes it even more difficult for one to interact with others and could affect your self-esteem.
Although people learn to communicate at different paces, you can help your child develop language and communication well and faster. Encourage them to role-play as this creates a ‘false’ communication platform.
By talking to their peers or toys, your child polishes their sentence construction, knows how to listen without interruption and can pronounce words they find difficult. This kind of practice prepares your child for the actual communication they will need to have in future.
From birth, a child knows nothing about the environment. They gradually start noticing things around them by processing and interpreting information. In an environment where your child has exposure to many things, they get adequate information to work on, expanding their cognitive ability.
By taking part in role-playing, your child gets information on how many things are done and their contribution to the day to day life. They also get a chance to interpret their environment, promoting their problem solving and critical thinking abilities.
Other than stretching their brain’s capability, this also enhances good memory which your child needs for all-round growth.
During their first five years, children are still forming physically. Their bones and muscles need more strength. They need to find balance and eventually coordination in order to complete simple tasks.
In order for all this to happen, engagement in physical activities is vital for children. You can boost their physical development by encouraging role-playing. Activities like playing cook help your child with dexterity. Lifting cans during construction worker role play improves coordination while carrying stuff around works on the bones and muscles.
It is clear that your child needs pretend play. Your role is to support them from a distance and let your child be anyone they want to be. Other than the above gains, you might be surprised to discover unique talents in your child early enough for better mentorship. If you are running out of ideas, speak to your trusted child care provider as they have many role-playing activities in store for children of all ages.