Dramatic play can be defined as a type of play where children accept and assign roles, and then act them out. It is a time when they break through the walls of reality, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play. And while this type of play may be viewed as frivolous by some, it remains an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, and social studies, in a timely, natural manner.
TYPES OF DRAMATIC PLAY
There are two types of pretend play, which are structured and unstructured dramatic play:
- Structured play has a predetermined set and desired outcome. A parent or teacher sets up a scenario for the children to play into, such as setting up an “Market”, and the children then choose and assign roles from what it available .Structured play helps children in integrating focussed mode of thinking.It helps them to learn problem solving and collective decision making.
- Unstructured play is where children have the freedom to choose their own plan scenarios and often create their own sets based on what is available to them.This play helps children to explore their inner subconscious brain and promotes diffused mode of thinking and problem solving.This brings out the creativity of the child to the surface.
Benefits of Dramatic Play:-
- DRAMATIC PLAY TEACHES SELF-REGULATION.
- DRAMATIC PLAY ENCOURAGES LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
- DRAMATIC PLAY TEACHES CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- DRAMATIC PLAY SUPPORTS MATH AND LITERACY
- DRAMATIC PLAY RELIEVES EMOTIONAL TENSION
- DRAMATIC PLAY IS EMPOWERING TO CHILDREN.
N.B.:- Children good in acting out or mimicry are potentially smarter & more mature than their peers.