Children’s role play is incredibly important. We’re sure you’ll have seen lots of toys and playground equipment that designed to get their imaginations flowing, but what actually are the benefits of creative role play for kids?
Benefits of children’s role play
There are countless benefits to allowing children the chance to role play. Most importantly, we think, are all the social skills children learn through this type of playtime. Children act out scenes and scenarios with their friends and classmates which has a big impact on their social development.
Through social role play, children are able to learn how to better communicate with each other. It helps them master their use of language and get a deeper understanding of how their words and actions can impact other people. They’ll also learn the importance of listening to others and develop collaborative skills too.
Role play also encourages active learning. It gets children away from the classroom and gives them a well needed break from screens. By putting themselves into real world situations, children learn how to manage them effectively.
It allows children to explore and experiment different ideas and experience new things too. Whether they’re indoors or outside, children’s role play offers up a whole world of opportunities limited only by their imagination.
As well as sparking their creativity and providing new learning opportunities, active role play helps children to develop their growing bodies. They’ll develop their fine and gross motor skills, strength and agility in their imaginative play.
Supporting children’s role play
You’ll be amazed at how easily you can encourage children to take part in role play. It can be as simple as just asking ‘where is that car going?’ when they’re playing with toy cars or asking ‘is the cat hungry’ when they’re stroking your neighbour’s pet.
Get them thinking about emotions during role play to help them develop empathy too. Ask them how a customer in their pretend shop would feel after they dropped a vase on the floor or what made their pet hamster look so grumpy.
You can also encourage them to act out a range of different emotions to help them understand a little bit more about both positive and negative feelings. Their pretend responses to real life situations and emotions will help them handle the real experience much better.
Of course, you can also invest in role play playground equipment and toys that will help direct and inspire children’s imaginations. Image Playgrounds has a fantastic range of role play equipment, from large pieces like boats, trains and tractors, to smaller items like outdoor white boards, convex and concave mirrors and lots more.
If you’d like to talk about getting some role play equipment installed in your playground, get in touch.