PRETEND PLAY! WHY IS ROLE PLAY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT?

October 11, 2018 1 Comment

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PRETEND PLAY! WHY IS ROLE PLAY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT?

"For the 10th time put your damn shoes on!" you hear your child shout to their teddy whilst chopping up some toy veggies! You might be horrified at first but don't be - this is good! 

Pretend play or role play is an important part of childhood allowing your child to express their emotions (so they don't suppress them and then loose their shit later in the day at the supermarket!) Pretend play is also important because it builds strong oral communication skills, negotiation skills, confidence and problem solving skills. 

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Make sure you have props so your child can act out the stories.

Allowing your child to play uninterrupted will foster the ability to make friends. Research has increasingly shown that there are benefits of children’s engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and a half to  six or seven. Actual studies have demonstrated cognitive benefits such as increases in language usage,(my kids have demonstrated some very colourful language during pretend play!)

Is there anything that role playing can't do?

It won't cook you dinner! oh.

However the best thing about role play for parents- it usually lasts longer! During pretend play children coordinate and integrate many roles, often switching roles to extend the play. Children stay engaged in the play for extended periods of time and often develop the play narrative over several days.

 

We have plenty of toys to encourage imaginative play and having other props like dress-ups, cardboard boxes, blankets and play food will all help your child learn through play!





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Esther
Esther

March 13, 2020

Good materials

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