The Importance of Role Play for Children

Learning through imaginary play has long been recognised as an important component of child development.

Developing social skills

  • Role play is an extremely social act. All walls of reality are broken in imaginary play as children pretend to be something or someone different from themselves. In accepting different roles and then acting them out, this type of play practises both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Communication and language skills

  • Imaginary play and role play typically involves verbal communication. When children participate in dramatic play, they copy and practice the words they have heard others saying which ultimately develop vocabulary and language skills.

Cognitive development

  • Make believe play involves children recalling images and scenarios they have built up in their mind from past experiences. Whether it is their mam paying for goods at a supermarket or a nurse giving them an injection at the doctor’s, with imaginary play children recreate these scenes and practice solving problems. Pretend play is critical for cognitive skills and helping children build the ability to solve problems and draw their own conclusions.

Physical development

  • In pretending to be someone or something else, pretend play can help develop a child’s gross and fine motor skills. From putting the costume on to putting the props away when the game has finished, role play builds hand-eye coordination as well as developing visual discrimination.
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