The benefit of dramatic play
Experts agree that dramatic play is an integral part of a well rounded preschool program as it is healthy for early childhood development. Here are just a few of the many incredible benefits of dramatic play.
DRAMATIC PLAY TEACHES SELF-REGULATION.
Preschoolers are known for acting with impulse, so dramatic play is a great stepping stone for learning to self-regulate their emotions and actions. Interestingly, when children assign and accept roles in dramatic play they are motivated to stick to them, thinking of them as rules to follow.
DRAMATIC PLAY ENCOURAGES LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT.
Dramatic play teaches and encourages expressive language. Children are motivated to communicate their wishes to their peers and therefore must learn to speak from the perspective of their pretend roles. Dramatic play is often a very comfortable place for children who are shy or withdrawn to participate in a group.
DRAMATIC PLAY TEACHES CONFLICT RESOLUTION.
Both unstructured and structured dramatic play offer teachable moments about conflict resolution. Inevitably, disagreements will naturally arise during dramatic play, which offers children a chance to work through their differences and arrange a compromise. It also encourages children to consider alternate perspectives as they recognize various roles of people in their lives and communities.
DRAMATIC PLAY SUPPORTS MATH AND LITERACY.
Dramatic play provides the perfect play setting for children to interact with functional math and print. Consider the children who is playing server at a restaurant. He will interact with both print and numbers as he takes orders, fills them and then rings up the total owed for the meal.
DRAMATIC PLAY RELIEVES EMOTIONAL TENSION.
Dramatic play offers a safe place for children to act out real life situations. Adults tend to cope with dramatic events by retelling it again and again. Children cope with dramatic events by acting them out.