In the past, people regard play as a normal and innate activity that children perform out of instinct. Despite the fact that kids engage themselves in spontaneous child play, adult supervision is still important to stimulate early childhood development.
There are a lot of kids’ activities that parents can introduce to their children in order to make them understand the world better. One of the best activities that parents can help their children with, is imaginary play or role play.
Role play has been dubbed as one of the most effective forms of play that can foster childhood development. It does not only help them communicate with others, but also, it provides an avenue for kids to explore new things, new roles and make sense of the world around them.
What Is Role Play?
Learning through imaginary play has long been recognized as a vital component of child development. History can attest that for centuries, studies have shown the link between role play and mental or behavioral development in young children.
Role play is an activity where children assign or accept roles. Then, they act them out, pretending to be someone else with characters ranging from their parents, to policemen, doctors, nurses or even teachers.
This aspect of play helps children develop skills in areas like literacy, math, social studies and even abstract thinking in a more natural manner.
Why Is Role Play Important?
Role play is crucial for early childhood development because it is where children mimic certain behaviors and verbal expressions of someone else. This is an effective learning tool to encourage kids to become active participants in the aspect of learning.
Since role play helps kids act out certain realities and how they see their surroundings, it will guide them to make sense of the world. Aside from that, this type of active play helps develop communication and language skills among kids, allows children to act out real-life situations, helps kids develop social skills and lets them explore or experiment on various roles.
Parents, as well as teachers, should foster early childhood development through play. If children are given the chance to play, whether it’s spontaneous or supervised, they will develop many skills and learn new knowledge that will help them in the future.
All the things they learned as a child will guide throughout their lives, even if they’re not aware of it. As the famous adage goes, play is the highest form of research.