The importance of role playing can be highlighted as an effective way for children to make sense of the world around them.
Key benefits role playing for children
- Develops communication and language skills
- Allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations
- Allows children to explore, investigate and experiment
- Develops social skills as children collaborate with others
- Children learn to empathise with others; taking part in a role play activity would usually mean that you are taking on the role of character which will teach children about the empathy and understanding of different perspectives.
- Helps children learn about different cultures
- Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment
- Develops children’s awareness of themselves and others
- Gets children learning more as learning is disguised as play
- Sparks creativity and imagination
Role play is especially beneficially for developing language, both for children with English as an additional language and for native English speakers. As well as vocabulary and language, role play develops toddlers communication skills as they communicate with each other in a safe environment. Role play is the most effective way of acquiring language.
How to support your child’s learning:
- Ask focused, open ended, not closed questions.
- Take on a role/join in children’s role play and dressing up. This gives value to their play and reinforces the nature of role play.
These are the reasons we like to highlight the importance of role playing! Allow your child to lead their play!