Read the first part of Dramatic Play here.
Dramatic play occurs when children create different roles and act them out. This is very important because it helps with your child’s development and it teaches lessons that are beneficial for them to learn.
These lessons include:
Increased Language Development
- Dramatic play increases language development because it motivates children use more expressive language. Children want to tell their friends and playmates how they want to play.
- They must also learn to speak from the perspective of the person they are pretending to be.
- Dramatic play also creates a comfortable place for children who are shy or withdrawn to learn to play in a group.
- Like with any activity, disagreements are bound to happen during dramatic play. Children will have the chance to work through their differences and they will learn to compromise.
Increased Math and Literacy Skills
- Dramatic play can increase comprehension because many children love to act out their favorite stories and books.
- During dramatic play, children will also be introduced to print and math.
- Some children want to act out their dream jobs, maybe a journalist, which will increase their writing and literacy skills.
A great resource to promote early literacy is DayByDayVA. This website provides a Family Literacy Calendar, which has songs, stories, videos, and more to help promote early literacy. Each day, there are different activities for you and your child to do together. (Note: As of November 2017, Tumblebooks is no longer supported by the Library of Virginia or Handley Regional Library.)