RPG is an acronym for “Role-Playing Games” and it has gotten a bad rap. The most famous of these games is “Dungeons and Dragons.” This is a pen and paper dice game where players create characters, go on missions and use magic, skills, and weaponry to complete their goals. When I was growing up “Dungeons and Dragons” was, and still is, misunderstood. It has come under fire from the Christian church, parent groups and many others. As a result, the term RPG has been vilified.
Kids are born with the innate ability to imagine, pretend, and transport themselves to other times and places through their imaginations. It is how they explore both the world around them and abstract adult concepts such as playing house and trying on new careers.
As children grow older, many become self conscious and are encouraged to join the “Real World.” Fantastical places and imagination are put away in the vaults of childhood and locked up tight. Role-playing games are a great way to keep your imagination alive and offers a great way to practice and grow your creativity.
The real challenge in raising kids is making sure they do not lose there creativity and ability to imagine. There is a saying: “Our children go into school a question mark and come out a period.” But where would we be without imagination? Without imagination, human innovation would simply not exists.
There are lots of activities you can do with your kids that involve imagination and role-play every day.
All you have to do is allow your younger children to take the lead. Get involved with their make-believe and ask leading questions that prompts their imagination. Have small children develop characters for their favorite toys and give them the starring roles in new adventures.
You can also stretch your imagination and story telling skills by making up stories about the people and events going on around you. This encourages good listening skills in children since the stories you make up are verbal, but you can also incorporate art activities: draw or color a new world for your favorite characters to explore or build a model out of salt dough and paint it.