Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dramatic Play

 Group of boys, aged 6-7 playing pirates together in a suburban garden
Dramatic play is a great way for children to express themselves.  They can pretend to be whomever they want to be.  Dramatic play is pretending and it allows them to use their imagination.  It can prepare them for real life as they practice their problem-solving skills.  

Dramatic play enhances social and language development as they communicate and learn how to share with other children.  It increases physical development while they move chairs (gross motor) and manipulate dolls (fine motor).  It increases self-help skills as they dress themselves in costumes while role-playing.

Dramatic play can be played by the child independently or with other children.  My five year old loves dramatic play.  She likes to pretend she's washing dishes or having a tea party with her stuffed animals and dolls.  She also likes pretend playing with her little sister.

Parents can encourage dramatic play by providing things such as dress-up clothes, play food and play dishes.  Sometimes a simple box is good enough.  Children like doing what their mommy and daddy does.  During dramatic play they get the opportunity to live in a fantasy.  Dramatic play is fun for children and so important for child development.

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