The Benefits of Dramatic Play in Young Children.

 "Play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity..." (Michael Yogman, The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children). This fact alone demonstrates the importance of play for children. This post in particular will go over some of the benefits of dramatic play, also known as sociodramatic play or roleplaying.

When participating in this type of play, children will commonly take up a role that they have observed of an elder. This is important because depending on what the child observes, the dramatic play may correspond. An example of this may be a child witnessing a sibling watch a popular music video such as "What Does The Fox Say?", you might just see the child running around pretending to be a fox and making crazy noises like the fox in the video (It is comical to think about but also something that I know happens). At first, it may seem that nothing has come of this but that is just not true, the child is being very creative in doing this and this may invoke a child's curiosity and they may want to find out what sound a fox truly makes.

For another example we can say that the child witnesses an adult at the store paying for their goods. The child may want to play with a peer, having either them or the peer take the role of the cashier, and  the unoccupied child taking the role of the customer.


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