Benefits of Role Play in Early Years

7 July 2016

Role play is an important part of child development, as it builds confidence, creativity communication, physical development and problem solving. Along with being a fun activity, it also allows children to get into character and act out real life roles or fictional performances. It can be purely child-led, and encourages children to take risks and be creative with the role they are playing. By investing in some themed props and equipment, itís a fun way for little ones to learn about different professions and day-to- day situations.

Occupations

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Doctors, teachers, builders, police and shopkeeper role play equipment is perfect for encouraging empathy between children. It allows them to act out real life situations and get creative! It increases a childís ability to positively interact with others, giving them the responsibility to act accordingly effectively disguising learning as play!

Real Life Situations

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Allowing children to act out real life situations, such as grocery shopping, camping or driving gives them the opportunity to learn about real-life environments and situations at their own pace. It can also build confidence for when they are in those situations at a later date. When they engage in this type of role play, they can develop their verbal communication skills and physical mannerisms by practising what they have already learnt in real life situations.

Seasonal Events

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If your school or nursery puts on a nativity show at Christmas, our Nativity Corner is a great way to encourage your class to take part. The visual aspect makes it easier for young children to understand the story, especially when they get into character with costumes and props. The themed corner is also perfect to double up as a reading corner throughout the rest of the year. 

Remember, when supervising role play in the classroom, ask open questions to encourage children to use their imagination! See our range of role play equipment here.

Sources:

http://theplayhouse.org.uk/climbaboard/category/early-years-play/the-importance-of-role-play/

http://www.kiddycharts.com/behaviour/the-importance-of-pretend-play-role-play-for-young-children-2/