Sunday, September 11, 2011

What Children Learn from Pretending

By pretending and engaging in dramatic play, children are able to:

  • Act out real life or imaginary roles, playing alone or with other children, without the accompanying stress of responsibility. 
  • Stimulate and express their thinking, creativity, and imagination by manipulating and rearranging their environments and experiences.
  • Escape from the limits of being little, weak, or naive. 
  • Experiment, explore and extend their boundaries of experience, size, strength, time, space and login. 
  • Build self confidence with opportunities to feel important, to support or repair their self-esteem, feel less helpless, more in power. 
  • Challenge their own thinking and resourcefulness.
  • Focus on new concepts and ideas an integrate them into their lives
  • See what it feels like to temporarily be someone else by acting out what another person might say and do.
  • Enhance their communication skills: vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, attention span, listening to and following directions. 
  • Clarify their feelings and vent their problems by putting them into words.
  • Express their ideas, needs, feelings, fears and fantasies safely.
  • Neutralize negative, aggressive, destructive feelings by releasing unacceptable impulses.
  • Prepare for grown-up roles by imitating many different adults. 
  • Lean about different situations, people, animals and places.
  • Work out their fears, problems, resolve issues, experiment with solutions, make sense of confusion.
  • Test limits, take risks, reverse usual roles, act out anti-social behaviors.
  • Develop a sense of morality and pro-social behaviors. 
  • Gain knowledge about social relationships and understand themselves better.
  • Enhance cooperation, and take turns as they plan and work together.
  • Discriminate between reality and fantasy by bringing them together in play. 
  • Experience similarity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Cultivate senses of belonging, joint purpose and cooperation. 
The benefits of dramatic play are endless! For more information, visit our website!

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