This article is very interesting and confirms the many assertions of the importance of imaginative play in the development of children. I can’t express how many hours me friends and I spent pretending we were someone else and somewhere else. We would put on dress ups, build forts, talk in accents, etc. Imaginative pay helps children to explore the world and ideas that otherwise they may not be able to experience. It expands their world.
This style of play could definitely be used to teach Shakespeare. After all, what is acting if not imaginative play? Kids could experience the complex themes in Shakespeare by taking on their own version of the role.