The Batman effect: How roleplay boosts children’s academic achievement

If you open the door to Lisa Hanley’s classroom you could be greeted by anyone from a doctor to an astronaut, a farmer or, if you’re lucky, Batman himself. The sand tray might be filled with compost while, in another corner of the room, a child is helping The Three Little Pigs build their dream home, complete with indoor swimming pool.

To the untrained eye it might look like chaos, but child’s play is far more sophisticated than that.

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