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NAN: Role-Playing with Preschool and School Aged Children

When children engage in role-playing, it helps to develop their way of thinking and fosters the development of empathy, both which are a key part of social and emotional development.

Since preschool and school aged children can strongly identify with story characters, they tend to be able to express themselves through role-playing more easily than when encouraged to share their own thoughts and emotions. As children identify with story characters, it also helps them to learn to better identify with others and to better understand how their words and actions affect others.  

Acting out scenarios to problem solve, making up stories through dramatic play and practicing coping skills in real life situations support a child’s social-emotional growth and development. Through role play, children learn to handle social interactions, like disagreements and bullying, that they may encounter in real life.

Nannies can help children to better understand themselves and situations that they may encounter through role-playing and to understand why some behaviors are more desirable than others.  When children are given this guidance they are better able to monitor their own behaviors and interactions with others. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Role-Playing with Preschool and School Aged Children