Pretend Play prepares for life
Adults are sometimes surprised that the same pirate ship can entice children to enthusiastically play day after day. Imaginative play and assuming roles benefit children in a way that is not directly visible to adults. Thematic playgrounds provide children with mental activity essential for the development of their identity.
As themed play invite children to play different roles, they have the opportunity to practice experiencing and expressing feelings. Role and theme play, by involving several participants, also trains their communication and social skills. In other words, the benefits of theme play can carry on beyond into working life.