10 key benefits of role play for children
At Little Town we believe kids should be allowed to be kids! As children play, they develop fundamental cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Young children also learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves, how to cooperate, and share with others.
Playing is a child’s way of engaging, and pretending creates alternate realities to the real world. Little Town is a place where your little ones can dress up and get into character through imaginative play. Role play is more than just fun. It is an important element of learning. Children learn from experience: from what happens around them, from what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch. To absorb those experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary play. Encouraging our children to play and have fun will develop healthy connections and choices in life.
Here is a list of the key benefits of role play in Early Years.
1. Develops communication and language skills,
2. Allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations,
3. Allows children to explore, investigate and experiment,
4. Develops social skills as children, collaborate with others,
5. Encourages children to empathizes: by taking on the role of character teaches children an understanding of different perspectives,
6. Helps children learn about different cultures,
7. Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment,
8. Develops children’s awareness of themselves and others,
9. Gets children learning more as learning is disguised as play,
10. Sparks creativity and imagination.