Role Play In Early Childhood

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In this essay I will discuss the purposes of play in learning and development in early childhood. I will also support my perspective with analysis of my observations of children’s play. Play in early childhood is vital in children developmental process as it contributes to the development of their cognitive development, social skills, emotional regulation and boosts their physical confidence. Play is how children begin to understand and process their world. Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning. My three observations are called, The Lizard King, Best Friends and The Power Rangers…show more content…
Superheroes are seen to be mighty, powerful and loved. Children like to take part in role play because they create identities as seen in my previous observations. In this observation the children are superheroes, in their mind they are a superhero and this is how a superhero should act. Of course children get influenced from television and books, this is evident in this observation as the young boys play power rangers and need two girls to complete the power rangers gang. Imagination is still strong as the group decide to come up with a story and they use the climbing frame as a volcano. I think we need to remind children that even though superheroes are these powerful figues, heroes can be everyday people aswell. LATER ON Mlutherking (future practice.) 
According to Bauer and Dettore(1997), children find becoming a superhero appealing for several reasons: 1.) children are primarily intrigued by the powers of superheroes, 2.) superheroes demonstrate extraordinary strength and are capable of incredible accomplishments, 3.) superheroes possess powers children may wish they had. From this superhero fantasy play is appealing because it allows children to assume roles and explore diffent personas. Although many theorists believee superhero play is more appealing to young boys this observation shows 2 out of 5 were girls and thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion the media aims superhero play more towards boys and thats why….more boys take part in superhero play. hey can be powerful, when in real life they often feel powerless
In this observation the children are building new friendships as Sarah and Jessica join the group. Mark clearly only wants boys but accepts and is happy playing with girls. This shows Mark is building his social skills. The boys develop their language skills and they work together to minimise the conflict by coming to a decision about the girls joining the
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