Dramatic play is central to children's healthy development and learning. In this area, children take on different roles and create real-life experiences. They use props and make-believe to deepen their understanding about the world they live in. The ability to pretend is very important to your child's development. Children who know how to make believe develop a good vocabulary, learn to cooperate with others, solve problems and are able to think on their own. When children pretend, they have to recall experiences which enhances their memory. They develop creative expressions through role play. Children learn an understanding for sharing, cleaning, accepting others differences and taking responsibility for one's own action. This center teaches social skills. Props are used and changed to enhance the setting to incorporate new experiences and interests for the children. When children engage in dramatic play, they deepen their understanding of the world and develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
What you can do at home:
* Encourage pretend play by providing simple props and ideas.
* For example... a sheet over a table creates a tent. A large cardboard box can be almost anything!
* The nice thing about dramatic play is that it requires only your imagination.