Role play or dramatic play is a type of activity where kids take on roles within pretend games. It might be situational or familiar experiences at home or even at school. Kids get an opportunity to experience how to be like a doctor, nurse, teacher, and even to be like parents at home. These opportunities can help kids develop their socio-emotional skills, knowledge, language communication, and problem solving skills.
Where It Happens
The place where role play can be experienced plays a crucial role in kid’s development, to prepare an environment during dramatic plays is to make the activity become more real. It enforce kids to participate and have a real-life play which is the main goal of such activity. Kids can experience role play at school, our homes, outdoors, and special after school programs.
Prepare role play areas:
1. Ready a checklist of materials that you will use on role plays – Clothes, costumes, uniforms, masks, boots, tools, vehicles etc.
2. To role play is to educate – Make sure that you have drawing boards for writing and illustration, paper, pencil and colors. To have ample supplies of these materials is important to ready our kids on learning activities.
3. Set objectives – If you are having a role play activity, make sure that you define the objectives and determine if it was achieved after the activity. Role play’s main objective is to teach kid experiences where they can learn and develop as they grow up.
Role Playing Help Kids Develop Social Skills
Role play gives your kid the experience while they are young, resulting to a more ready and confident kids growth resulting to development of social skills. On activity areas, kids can compare their experiences and learn from one another, these are precious opportunities that your kids can get when they engage on drama role plays.
Language and Communication Skills
If kids are engaged on activities, they have to engage on other kids too. They become more adept on understanding set of instructions and directions in order to follow rules of such role play activity.
Role Play & Problem Solving Skills
Dramatic role play put kids into situational problems where they need to think critically and analytically to solve a problem. One good example is when a kid role play teachers, kids get a chance to put their shoes on a role where they have to educate other kids and put everything into order from time to time. These experiences can help kids develop their problem solving skills and be more ready in life.
Emotional Skills Development
Kids learn how to empathize with other people – when kids get exposed to role play activities, they tend to be more knowledgeable and emotionally attached on their characters. They learn to respect people around and understand perspectives of life.