Imaginary play or role-playing is an extraordinarily effective way for children of all ages to learn. And it is great fun! That is why so many teachers and child-carers encourage children to adopt roles and pretend.
Role-play is a nursery for creativity and imagination. When a child plays make believe, they recall sights, sounds, smells, taste and sensations from their own experiences and imagine themselves in all manner of scenarios. Children place themselves in contexts where it is safe to explore options, practise behaviours, take risks and make mistakes. In these imaginary places, children are able to experiment with and solve problems. They develop a better awareness of themselves and begin to dream about what they can become as they grow.