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Why is Role Play Important for Child Development?

Role play can be interpreted in many ways, but essentially, it is learning through play. Not only does it fuel the imagination of youngsters but it is an extremely strong method in developing social skills. Role play can be tried out in different situations and environments, so as well as the very formal form of role play in a classroom setting, it is also hugely beneficial to get outside and create scenarios for children so that they can use their own imaginations, while teachers or carers sit back and observe from afar. You'll find that more frequently, schools are encouraging children to learn more in such a setting, sparking imagination through creative play, which transcends well into their futures at primary school, not just in early years. Teachers often find it hard to schedule in time outside of their classroom plans for role play, but it's not just all in the name of fun, it also has a vital role in developing children's intellectual and social development. To be able to imagine a different world through creative play is a very important feature when it comes to expanding thought patterns and developing language, as well as empathy for each other. Incorporating special equipment into your outdoor area can in fact enhance the way children learn through play. Our role play equipment gives children the freedom to bring the space to life with their imagination. Developing confidence through acting and performing their thoughts, ideas and feelings; you can even give them an educational topic to create something from.

The key benefits of role play for children are as follows:

  • It allows children to act out scenarios and also to make sense of situations they come across in real life.
  • Develops their awareness of their surroundings, as well as themselves and others around them
  • Develops their communication skills and forms their use of language
  • Gives them the chance to explore, experiment and even investigate
  • Collaboration with others
  • Helps children to learn about important topics and different cultures
  • It sparks creativity and imagination

Learning from role play can actually be a lot more effective than when sat still in a classroom environment. Children will have the ability to withhold certain nuggets of information during a practical task then writing in exercise books, for example. If you are looking at ways to make education and play work in harmony, then we have plenty of ideas to help you. All you need to do is take a look at our range of existing products, or chat to us about a piece of equipment that is totally bespoke to you. From play huts and stages to puppet theatres and shop counters, we can create so many different themed pieces of equipment to set you scene. We can work alongside you to create an amazing role playing station, or outdoor classroom that you can call your own!

Take a look at our Role Play products here, or if you fancy a chat, then call 01904 607677. Alternatively, you can email us on mail@play-scheme.co.uk

 

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