I still remember the time of my childhood where some days I pretended to be a writer and there were also days when I pretended to be an actor or a presenter. I’m sure everyone will agree with me that childhood is the best time, as we could be whatever we want. It was the time when we were all so naive, not caring about anything in the world.
Childhood has taken me down the path of memory where I can still remember the times when every time I went shopping with my mom, she always insisted that she buy me kitchen sets so that at night I could have my own luxurious ones. tea parties with my mother. friends. Whereas if I’m talking about the kids around me (usually my cousins or friends) they always loved portraying their favorite superhero just putting their hands on the towel and tying it around their back like a cape and pretending to save the world.
Little did I know that role play during those times would play such an important role in helping me choose my career perspective (i.e. a content writer). All these fantasy plays helped me a lot to know my interest, I can say it since since childhood I have been inclined towards writing, be it poetry or essays.
Therefore, pretend play helps not only to shape an individual’s personality, but it also helps to develop other skills that I will discuss in this article.
Without further ado, let’s talk about them one by one.
While you think your child is playing and pretending to be someone else, that’s the time when your little one is experimenting with various social-emotional life roles. When children play in a group, for example, while one person plays the role of doctor in the group, the other friends choose different roles of patient, nurse, and others. It is through this cooperative simulation game that children will not only mature, but also improve their self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-control. There are other games like cricket, basketball, etc. where kids learn that it’s okay to lose and be happy if the other team wins and sometimes it’s okay to give someone your turn. It is through these games that the little ones learn to engage while interacting socially. In addition, through these games, they intentionally or unintentionally improve their socio-emotional skills and learn to be a responsible individual in addition to learning to feel empathy.
Have you ever caught your baby chatting with your stuffed animal or pretending to be on a phone call with your friend? If so, you probably would have heard them imitating them or using the phrases you must be hearing for the first time or you thought they never knew. Talking on the phone or with friends requires skill to create scenarios, as well as skills to narrate them in a similar way to how they heard it. In doing so, they tend to repeat the same thing over and over again during the narration, and whenever they find themselves speaking badly, they correct themselves, which helps them develop their grammar and oral skills.
The fantasy game is the one that allows your child to understand the language by recreating a story, this is how they learn the words, their pronunciation and understand their meaning.
Fantasy play is the only game in which there are many opportunities for children to think outside of the box and expand their cognitive skills. Every time they are planning a role play, it takes a lot of mental smile to choose and finalize the role they want to pretend they play that day. Role play is the time when children reenact scenes from the past that they have seen on television or that they have experienced in the past.
Let me cite an example here, when I was a child, when I was preparing for the tea party at my house, I used to decorate the table with the plastic kitchen set with all enthusiasm. Then after doing that, I would take a beautiful duppatta from my mother’s wardrobe and wrap it around me like a sari and then without warning her, I would wear her lipstick and mimic her actions, words, and laughter with my friends at the tea party. .
In addition to the psychological, linguistic and socio-emotional benefits, pretend play also helps in the physical development of children. When children try to role-play as a doctor, an engineer, a gymnast, an athlete, a dancer, an officer chasing robbers, or imitating sitting on a horse and galloping through the fields, all of these activities involve being physically active, by hand. eye coordination and other skills. While doing all of this, kids may fall off, scratch a bit, but don’t worry, this will only make them stronger and give them an idea of dos and don’ts. Also, all these sports will not only be enjoyed by children, but will also help in general development without even realizing it.
The simulation game is the only game that keeps the little one curious and gives him the courage to become anyone he has seen or pretended to be. The fantasy game helps stimulate the imagination of the little ones and allows them to bring out their most intimate desires and fantasies. Hence, it helps in the development of children at various levels, be it imaginative, socio-emotional, cognitive or we can say in the integral development of the little ones.