The Importance of Dramatic Play

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“In play a child is always above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself. As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form; in play it is as though the child were trying to jump above the level of his normal behavior”. -Vygotsky

Dramatic play is a big hit in the Summit room!! Dramatic play provides opportunity for children to experiment with different roles and materials to explore what is familiar to them and also the unknown through pretend play. They use their imagination and creativity. They exercise social and emotional skills to make sense of the world and so much more. When they are playing grocery store, I observe and listen to the children as they negotiate roles. Who is going to be the store clerks (sellers), shoppers and baker. They are using math to determine how much something is going to cost. They use language skills to communicate what items they would like from the shelf. They are also practicing listening skills, getting the items that were asked for. Dramatic play is very important in a child's life.

-Ms. Barb