Role play is an extremely social act. Given that success at school has been largely pinned on a child’s ability to positively interact with their contemporaries and adults, developing social skills is imperative in young children.
All walls of reality are broken in imaginary and role play as children pretend to be something or someone different from themselves. In being assigned and accepting different roles and then acting them out, this type of play practises both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. When children group together and practice imaginary play, they negotiate roles and mutually agree different terms. This helps youngsters develop the skills they need to socialise and cooperate with their peers. They learn how to control impulses and how to respect the decisions of others, which is a central aspect of sound social skills.
Role playing is a great way to recall attributes/ expressions and reproduce through mimic. It uses working memory skills while improving social skills in children!
Encourage your child to mimic his mom and dad!
If your child has a favorite show character, help him play out a scene with dialogues!
Ask your child to mimic his friends in various situations (at school, in the playground etc.)
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.