Learning - Early Ed. | 2-6 yrs

Role Play In Early Education

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Who doesn’t like slipping into their dream world, imagining fantastical stories? And in that fantasy world, we are whoever we wish to be. So why not merge that dream world with reality for children? And, what better way to do it than through role play?

Role play is a great tool to use in early education. Not only does it make learning fun, but it also brings along a whole host of other benefits. According to The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development, published in Psychology Today, “Systematic research has increasingly demonstrated a series of clear benefits of children’s engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and a half through ages six or seven. Actual studies have demonstrated cognitive benefits such as increases in language usage including subjunctives, future tenses, and adjectives.”

An article titled Using Role play and pretend play to enhance speech and language published in icommunicatetherapy.com states that you can play the ‘bus driver’ game to help your child develop his language skills. Here’s how you can play the game, according to the article, “Let your child be a bus driver and you can be the passenger. Set up some chairs for a bus and act the roles. As an example, just look at all the verbs you might use in this game: Steer the bus, Press the horn, Ring the bell, Sit down, Pay the driver, Drive the bus, Find the change, Walk down the aisle. If your child finds a game complicated, you could be the bus driver first and model it for your child, then your child can take a turn and you add language to the situation.”

For more such examples and other tips on helping children learn through role play, go through the ClipBook below.

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