The Power of Dramatic Play
The age-old game of dress-up is one in which children are able to amuse themselves for extended amounts of time trying on hats, shoes, jackets, accessories.
What do you need for a dramatic play area?
- Shoes and slippers
- Sport jackets
- Purses and bags
- Hats, scarves, and gloves
- Accessories (like old watches, bracelets, or sunglasses)
- Recycled Halloween costumes
- A mirror or anything that has a reflective surface (this is important so the children can see themselves)
What are the benefits of a well-stocked dramatic area?
Dramatic play supports a child’s need to be powerful and autonomous, "I can choose what or who I want to be!"
Dress-up play helps children sort out the rules of life so they can act them out. It enhances imagination. During dramatic play, children are able to make and break their own identity in a manner that is safe and protected. They can "try-on" another persona without consequence. Caregivers should let children experiment with a range of clothes and characters. This type of play allows children to feel in-control of who they are.