Through role play, children also develop their speaking, listening and communication skills whether it be through their talk to themselves or with their peers. For those children who may lack confidence to speak aloud, when they adopt another persona and speak in a role that is different to their own, they too have the opportunity to develop the skills in speaking and listening. Social skills such as turn taking and sharing are also key in a child’s development and can be targeted through good quality role play too.
Ultimately, role play is a powerful way to offer for children to interact with others positively, giving them responsibility in a role but disguising their learning through play. They learn about real life situations and how to react to them; important for situations that they may find themselves in in the future.