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The amazing ways that role-play is great for kids

By March 27, 2023April 28th, 2023No Comments

At Play Valley we love all things role-play. So much so that at our latest site in Doncaster, we even have an entire role-play street for under-7s dedicated to dressing up and acting. Whether they love playing princess, firefighter or taking to the stage in our very own theatre, your little ones can be whoever and whatever they want to be. But as well as being super fun, there are lots of other ways that role-play is great for kids.

Role-play allows them to spread their wings and explore ideas that they couldn’t elsewhere. Sometimes all it takes is for them to pop on a helmet or try on a cape and they can create their own stories and characters. For them, it’s all just a bit of fun, but what is actually happening is that they are thinking creatively and developing their imagination through play.

Through challenges that arise during role-play, they learn to make their own decisions and solve problems all by themselves, helping to become more independent with skills they learn for life. You may not realise it at the time, but when they are exploring these different worlds, seeds are being planted that can grow to shape their futures.

When our kids get wrapped up in whatever role they’re playing, they are learning how to interact with their peers, share, and take turns. Often the roles they take on require other participants, for example, a shopkeeper and a customer, which subconsciously allows them to learn how to communicate effectively and listen to others, as well as develop their storytelling skills.

We all know that it’s not uncommon for our little ones to get shy from time to time or feel self-conscious. But when they’re in role-playing mode, it’s the perfect opportunity for them to step outside of their comfort zone and express themselves freely without worrying about anyone else. They develop a sense of self-awareness while boosting their self-esteem and we can guarantee that you will feel an abundance of pride when you see their newfound confidence carry over into other areas of their lives.

We can’t wait to see you with your little ones in one of our centres as they unleash their imaginations while having as much fun as possible. You can book your next play session at your local Play Valley now by simply clicking here.

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