As babies, they start by acting out alone. Give a baby your phone and they may put it to their ear and babble. Or perhaps even more likely these days, they’ll probably either “text” or hold up the phone for a selfie smile!
In time, children may begin to play alongside each other and eventually include each other in their games. At nursery, we like to offer lots of opportunities for the children to develop their role play skills and often with their help, we put together some scenarios: a hairdressers, a shop, a vet’s.
This isn’t just to stimulate their imaginations, though. Through these Let’s Pretend games, we see improvements in communication and language, in social skills and in a general understanding of the world. These games can also help children to manage their feelings and solve problems, as any kind of group role play involves co-operation. With a bit of clever preparation from our staff, we can also help promote maths and literacy skills (counting money, weighing fruit, measuring shoe sizes.)