House play has more than just play for fun. Children grow up by imitating adult behavior. Particularly, role play that imitates future job has a great influence on creativity development and expansion of thinking ability.
Firefighters, cops, and role-plays that mimic future dreams are opportunities to experience the importance of each job. Through this process, children learn how to think in harmony, to think flexibly and to cooperate in the adult's perspective.
Creative expression, young age formation
According to Professor Sandra Russ of Child Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, organizations around the world are looking for talented people or people who can contribute to the development of arts, engineering, and science. These organizations prefer talent with innovative and creative thinking skills.
How do you get creative thinking? Creativity is established from a very young age. If parents enjoy playing fictional games with their kids, it helps them grow into creative people.
"The role play that acts as if it is someone else is effective in the development of imagination and creativity," said Professor Russ. "Children play through their own stories and find ways to express their objects."
Expanded Thinking Skills Development
Professor Russ said that since 1990, research programs have been developed to measure children's emotional expression and imagination. In this program, children ages 6 to 10 are allowed to play with blocks and dolls for 5 minutes. At this time, the expression of emotional expression is scored based on how children convey their emotions while playing.
For example, children pretend to play with a toy on a slide or run away from a monster. At this time, children express various feelings such as fear, anger, happiness, sadness, embarrassment, and affection.
Professor Russ said, "Children who show more emotions and imaginations in virtual play can think of extended thinking." They are creative in many ways. "
'Theory of mind' and role play
"It is important to play imaginative in child development," said Scott Barry, a Cowpank cognitive psychologist at Yale University. "The theory of mind is closely related to virtual play." The theory of mind is the concept of perceiving that individual thoughts can not be like others. In addition, the theory of mind explains the existence of various perspectives in life.
The concept of mind theory is related to understanding people who meet in social activities as a whole. This is an important aspect of the child's overall development. In other words, it is to recognize the intention, feelings, beliefs, and knowledge of others while investigating various social situations.
Role play, empathy
There are many reasons why parents encourage their children to play roles. This play is effective for children's emotional and social development. Children can experience emotional and social roles as they immerse themselves in their role.
In addition, they can understand others and learn what they do in society. Children gain empathy for responsibility and learn how to share this sense of responsibility.
All children can act selfishly, which is normal behavior. Virtual play teaches how to recognize others' feelings and respond positively. In other words, social rules in role play and negotiation with others can be learned.