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Benefits of Role Play as Part of Early Childhood Education Activities

Posted By: Viviana on April 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Role Play is a part of eary childhood education activities. It brings benefits to child social development. Parents and early education teacher should give plenty opportunities of role play for kids and monitor their activites. Kids develop certain skills and knowledge through role play:

  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Essential living skill
  • Language skill
  • Social skill
  • Leadership skill
  • Self-esteem

In role play, kids pretend to act as someone else. There are 3 different kinds of role play:

Imitating Daddy and Mommy

Do you know who are kids’ idols? They are daddy and mommy. They will pretend to play what daddy and mommy are doing. Kids will try to help you with your housechores from cooking to cleaning and washing the car. Toys that support role play: kitchen toys, food toys, doll house and baby toy

Acting as People in Real Life Situation

If you have an occupation, they will observe how you do in your job and they will imitate what you are doing. If you are home based working mom, what you are doing in your job or business will be obvious to them. They also observe people they meet in their life such as teacher, doctor, nurse, waitresss, policeman, construction workers and more. They will pretend to play as these people. Teacher is the closest person to your kids. They will imitate what their teachers are doing at school. You can observe from your kids’ behaviour if your kids’ teacher is a good teacher. Role play gives them a better understanding of adults working life. Toys that support role play: doctor play set and tools toys.

Acting as Favorite Idol or Imaginary Person

Kids also start to have their favorite idols such as Barbie, Princess or Superhero. They will collect  figurine toys, stationery, t-shirts and  memorabilia with pictures of their idols. The particularly like costume dress-up. They will act like their idols, play dress up, dance and sing or repeat dialogues from the story or the movie. This kind of role brings them to become someone else, her imaginary idol. The dialogues they repeat will build their vocabulary and enhance language skills. Role play is to encourage reading in young children.

Role play as part of early childhood education activities brings fun and kids will learn faster if they have fun. Make the role play as school production is great as the applause from the audience will give kids encouragement and build self-confidence. Below are some pictures from my kids’ school production. They dressed up as a Gingerbread man, pretend to play as Aladin storybook, dance Doremi, High School Musical and CAN CAN DANCE.


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  8. Steve from Distance Learning Degrees says:

    Kids are very impressionable. If adults and parents set good role models in daily life, children tend to follow them. Similarly, if parents display bad behavior, kids tend to take after them. Role play is therefore important to mould a child’s personality.

  9. vie says:

    Thanks Steve for your comment, that’s true kids will look up at grown up for their role mode.

  10. Aiping Wang says:

    There are a number of early childhood education programs that are based on different theories ranging from maturationist theory propounded by Jacques Rousseau and Maria Montessori to behaviorist theory developed by John B. Watson, B. F. Skinner and Edward Thorndike.

  11. Joy from Nursing Scrubs says:

    Great job guyz!! This kind of article will convince all the busy parents out there to guide their children. One of the reason why your kids gone mad because of busy parent dont have time for them, they only rely on their nanny. Thank you for sharing this article.

  12. jinnie from online home school says:

    people don’t just become “smart”. This is through a process of gaining knowledge, and in fact, it is how people learn how to gain knowledge that makes them smart.and i think your advise is best to do so.

  13. dev from online mba India says:

    They might want to pretend they are the mom, or dad, the doctor or nurse, a firefighter or police officer, etc. Trying on different roles helps them extend their understanding of that role and their understanding of life. (Maybe they don’t understand why they have to clean up their toys when it’s dinner time, but when they try on the role of mom or dad and their friends refuse to clean up, they extend their understanding of the frustration mom or dad might feel when they refuse to clean up at home!) It may also help them to work through issues they have. For example, a child who is afraid to go to the doctor may become more comfortable with doctors by role-playing a doctor.

  14. vie says:

    Yeah, kids have great imagination. Thanks for comments.

  15. HI,
    i think education is a very must thing for most of the people and if we are talking about the kids then this is the only thing through which they can survive in this society.
    Thanks!

  16. swati from Best school in India says:

    Role Play can be one of the most important activities for young children which help them in their social development. Role Play help them to improve their Imagination Power.

  17. crystal from International School in Delhi says:

    Great blog posted, very nice resource.Its really very true that for serving in today’s society one must have to be educated.

  18. kelly from Best CBSE school in delhi says:

    This is great article about this topic “Benefits of Role Play as Part of Early Childhood Education Activities”. i completely agree with this thought. thanks for this information.

  19. crenzy from Schools in Gurgaon says:

    When a child is small its parents responsibility to mould them as good as they can. Really the role plays, whatever the environment at home the behavior of a child depends on that.

  20. Jack from Delhi school says:

    Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. It is important to find a school that shares your values and outlook on life.
    and i agree with before comment that Role play is therefore important to mould a child’s personality.

  21. ishan from Best CBSE school in delhi says:

    A big thanks to you.

  22. ishan from Best CBSE school in delhi says:

    Have had no troubles. Only wonderfully perfect ece ideas! Thank you! It makes being an early childhood education student just a little bit easier.

  23. vie says:

    thank you to Jinnie, Dev and others for opinions. I really appreciate it.

  24. Knowledge makes a people smart, on comparing the peoples one at home and other who knows about outside world, obviously the person who knows about outside world is more intelligent then the people at home. This proves that knowledge makes a people smart.

  25. john from Nursery Admissions School says:

    When a kid is small its depends on parents, which way they were choosing for their kids, its depend on parents how they were molding their kid, the parents can mould in the best pot to a kid.

  26. Jasmin from Schools in Gurgaon says:

    Role-playing teaches many lessons; some of the most important lessons it teaches are lessons that are needed in society, competition, cooperation and empathy.

  27. Jasmin from Schools in Gurgaon says:

    Child driven play in early childhood promotes the well being of the child; it contributes to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the child.

  28. this post is very usefull thx!



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