How Role-Play Toys Impact Development
Lots of parents and caregivers prefer to purchase wooden toys for their children, and these are much more advantageous than plastic toys. Nowadays, there is such a huge range of wooden toys available too, from classic wooden building blocks to wooden train sets, so there is something for every child.
Some of the best wooden toys to purchase for your little one are role-play toys and these can be really fun for children of all ages. Not only are they a great way to keep your child entertained, but they can help them to meet their early years milestones too. Role-play toys can have a big impact on development and below we have looked into this in more detail.
What are role-play toys?
You may also hear role-play toys referred to as ‘pretend play’ toys and, as the name suggests, they are designed to spark your little one’s imagination. A brilliant example of a role-play toy is a doctor’s set and whilst playing with this type of wooden toy, your child can pretend to be a doctor, helping poorly people and making them feel better. Ultimately, role-play toys are any toys that can be used as props when acting out different jobs or scenarios and they are perfect for imaginative play.
Unlike wooden shape sorters and puzzles, role-play toys are open-ended toys too and they can be played with in lots of different ways. The game never has to come to an end either and your little one can enjoy playing doctor’s, for example, for as long as they want to, imagining a range of different situations to act out.
How do wooden role-play toys benefit development?
Whether your little one is pretending to cook with a wooden pastry set or pretending to go shopping with a wooden fruit and basket set, they will be developing a number of important skills. All role-play toys are incredibly beneficial for babies, toddlers and older children alike, and they can support development in a number of ways. Below we have looked into some of the main skills that are supported by playing with role-play toys.
Role-play toys are known for sparking children’s imaginations and they inspire creative story-telling. There are no rules when it comes to role-play and your little one can use this type of wooden toy however they’d like in their make-believe scenarios. Whilst playing with role-play toys, your child will be developing their cognitive flexibility too and learning how to adapt to different situations within the play environment.
Unlike other wooden toys, role-play toys will encourage children to start talking. During a role-play game, your little one will pretend to be different characters and they will speak how they imagine these characters will speak. Depending on the type of role-play toys you have, they can also help to teach your child the names of different colours, shapes and objects too, expanding their vocabulary.
More often than not, this type of play involves more than one person. For example, your little one may pretend to work in a cafe and make you breakfast. This makes role-play brilliant for developing social skills, from sharing skills to collaboration skills, and using role-play toys can help your child learn all about different emotions too. Many find that this type of play also helps children develop their self-esteem and confidence.
No matter what scenario your little one has created whilst they’re playing with role-play toys, they will have lots of different problems to solve. It is likely that something will go wrong somewhere within their make-believe situation and they will have to decide how to overcome different obstacles. Simply choosing which toys to use and when can help them develop their cognitive thinking skills too.
Purchasing role-play toys
All in all, when you’re next purchasing toys for your little one, it is undeniably worthwhile choosing some role-play toys. When searching for somewhere that stocks high-quality wooden baby toys, take a look at the My Little Goody Box website. On our online store, you will find a wide range of wooden toys that are designed to not only be fun to play with, but also aid early years development.
With plenty of options to choose from, you won’t struggle to find toys that are perfect for your child based on their current age, their interests and their stage of development. All of the open-ended toys on our website can help your little one reach their first milestones and our aim is to inspire parents and children alike. If you have any questions about the toys on our website, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today, we’re more than happy to help in any way we can.