For some reason this week has seen a lot of role-playing round our house. And not just role-playing, but dress-ups. The two themes have been Heros and Weddings. Sam has been prancing round shouting "I ERO!" in a way that rallies his sisters to join him. And because there are only two super hero capes (or perhaps because she is a defiant girly-girl), one always opts for being a fairy hero.
I've had the pleasure of witnessing a number of weddings... I don't think that anybody really knows who is marrying who, but there is always some remarakably beautiful footwear and on a good day some flowers to pull apart and throw on the ground.
I really don't know what this kind of play is doing for their little minds, but it is obviously important! And between you and me, I reckon that it's got something to do with emotional growth and strengthening and identity building too... not just minds soaking up knowlege.