Role-playing is more than just fun for children – it aids in child development by encouraging creativity and inculcating crucial life skills into your little ones.
To us, a box or a blanket is simply a box or a blanket. But, put it in a child’s hands and it instantly becomes anything from a spaceship to a superhero cape. That’s the magic of role-playing. Like other types of play, role-play is an integral part of a child’s early years as apart from being one of the first forms of play, it also develops vital life skills in them.
According to Sanveen Kang, senior clinical psychologist at Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids, role-play is strongly linked to an integration of emotional, social and cognitive skills, language, logical sequential thought as well as the creation of stories, understanding a social situation and the ability to play with others in the role of a ‘player’.
This is one of the many reasons why parents should never hinder their kids from role-playing as it allows them to learn many things by just exploring their imagination and Baljit Kaur, a speech and drama teacher with more than 10 years of experience can vouch for that. “I’ve seen children grow and nurtured through role-play, where they have a close bond not only with their friends but with people around them. I’ve also seen children progressing at their own individual pace and in different ways through role-play, says Baljit.
Here are six things all kids can learn about from the fun process of role-playing.
When kids pretend tobe doctors or dentists, they will then learn the importance of keeping their surroundings clean and germ-free. It also teaches them why it’s necessary to wash their hands correctly and get their teeth cleaned regularly.
Be it bankers, shoppers or cashiers, whichever act your child chooses to play, he will learn all about handling, counting and being responsible for the money they’re playing with.
Probably one of the more common role-play scenarios, children enjoy acting out as teachers in school. This way, they learn all about being polite – from saying thank you to greeting good morning.
- General Knowledge
Kids who enjoy playing it up as scientists or even adventurers will pick up a lot of general knowledge as it motivates them to read or find out more about the different things around them.
- Care and Share
Nothing excites kids more than pretending to be their favourite superheroes! With that, you can expect your child to understand the need to care for those around him when he ‘saves’ the world. Additionally, your child would also learn the value of sharing.
- Patience and Time Management
Kids love to play chef, and that is a good thing as it doesn’t only teach them culinary skills, but it also teaches them to be patient and how to manage their time well – especially when they need to take time to prepare their dishes.
Do you encourage your child to role-play? From re-enacting stories to playing dress up, there are many ways for your child to role-play. You can also set up a tiny little corner at home for role-playing.