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Age Appropriate Role Plays

Age Appropriate Role Plays

Role plays have evolved as a learning technique for the young as well as an entertainment medium for the grown-ups. If we purely consider the young learners, therein also appears a significant developmental difference across age groups. Within an age gap of just two years, there is a massive change in the cognitive and social abilities of the child. Independent thinking develops as the child gains physical independence and learns to involve the outside world with own world of toys and games. To understand the necessities of each of the stages of development, there are different types of role plays that need to be introduced with the kids:

 

  • O to 2 years: Here the role-playing is very simple and during the narration of a story to the child, you may use a lot of expressions so that the child imitates those. This is the primary learning that you need to achieve through storytelling as a medium for role play. It is an individual process.

 

  • 2-3 years: Language development paves the way for a higher understanding of the world. Engaging the child in simple role-playing games where the child becomes the engine driver and the parent becomes the passenger is the purest form of interactive role play.

 

  • 3-4 years: Collaborative role play starts during this time. You can present your child with the most familiar situation where the child has to impersonate the parent, and the playmate is the child. As age progresses, situations like going to a restaurant, getting ready for a party, planning a picnic etc. can be used to foster thinking and planning skills in learners.

 

  • 4-5 years: This is the age group when concepts can be taught through role play. Role play of community helpers, festivals related role play, striking imaginary conversations on the phone etc. are ways in which children learn and develop social skills.

 

Learning is a never-ending process, and if education becomes fun, then the motivation to learn and retain remains alive. Learning through role plays which is a fun activities for kids and remains the best way to learn across ages and amongst the grown-ups it translates through the following:

 

  • Primary Level School goers: Plays, Fancy Dress Competitions, Show and Tell

 

  • Secondary Level School goers: Street plays, Theatre, Mock Parliaments, Mock Trading on Stock Exchanges

 

  • College goers: Tabletop role-playing games, PC role-playing games, play stations like V etc

 

  • Office goers: Role plays during training and interview processes.

 

There is something in it for everyone. The deeper you delve into the subject, the more convinced you would be of the many benefits of role plays. The fact that it extracts the real thought processes of an individual and helps in perspective building are the two main positives that emerge out of role-playing activities across age groups. However, if you force fit a role-playing exercise that is inappropriate for the age and stage of an individual, it may have an adverse disengaging effect. Hence, always be mindful of the audience and the scenario while indulging in role-playing activities with individuals or groups.