Children are experts in play and their imagination is enviable due to its creative powers. Without play the children lose the ability to think and experiment with their ideas.
Children learn about life by imitating the people around them. Role play provides the perfect opportunity for children to imagine what it's like to be a parent, a doctor, driver, shopkeeper, police officer, chef or a builder.
Children use objects to represent something else or assign themselves and others, roles and then act them out. It may seem very simple, but in pushing back the barriers of reality these children are learning and developing many different and important life skills. This pretend play, which ideas and emotions are moulded and rearranged, is a major feature of a child's social and cognitive development.