Dramatic Play for Preschoolers

Dramatic Play for Preschoolers

Dramatic play is fun. It can engage children to imagine everyday life tasks and activities.

What is Dramatic Play and Why is It Important in Child Development?

Dramatic play is also called pretend play or symbolic play. It is a time for preschoolers to enact what they learn everyday. From mom or dad cooking a meal to a brother or sister riding a bike, dramatic play teaches about the world around us.

Dramatic play is learning about the life tasks and community. For instance, playing in the playground and pretending to be a cowboy, police officer, or doctor are all ways to encourage learning.

It doesn’t just stop there. Dramatic play also boosts literacy skills. When parents and educators read to their children about fun stories, children are more apt to remember the story by acting it.

Learning classic rhymes and riddles are great initiatives for children to recall that information by using their motor skills. Continuing to read books, children learn to use dramatic play about what they learn.

It could be fun to pretend to play in a safari in Africa, exploring icebergs in Antarctica or cruising the Amazon Rivers. Dramatic play opens up the wondrous world we live in.

Books are great to read, but when it’s combined with dramatic play, it flourished the imagination. Part of child development, dramatic play is now an integral part of childhood programs.

The most beneficial part of dramatic play is it can be adapted for special needs students. There is no special words or phrases to use when dramatic play takes place. All you need is imagination.

In fact, simple homemade puppets, little fingers, and dress-up clothes are good tools to encourage pretend play. Even a simple cowboy hat can lead to learning about farm animals. Using simple basic elements to create a scene or theater is probably more encouraging for shy children, too.

Whether it is to encourage literacy or everyday tasks, dramatic play can inspire a world of imagination. Children love to play by nature; encourage dramatic play at home, school, or the playground.

Barbara Mascareno

About Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is a bilingual teacher in Spanish, math, and science. She also offers her services as an educational consultant. She has science degrees and is working on her secondary education degree.

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