Dramatic Play refers to the type of play where children try out different social roles and explore the meanings of events within the pretend scenarios that they create and are able to control. It develops a lasting disposition to learn in the child as they are in full control of their learning and are encouraged to explore and seek out knowledge in their own time. Most importantly, dramatic play provides a safe space for children to freely speak their mind without the fear of judgement or reprimand.
Here are three benefits that your child can get from dramatic play:
1. Builds confidence
While playing, children are encouraged to build an imaginative world which they can conquer and control. This enhances a child’s confidence and allows them to work in groups, learning how to resolve various conflicts and practice decision-making at their own pace.
2. Teaches self-regulation and conflict management
Research has shown that even a small dose of play – less than 10 minutes – improves a child’s functioning on an executive function task. Thus, dramatic play encourages flexible thinking which is required for children to overcome impulses and control their behaviours. Inevitably, conflicts will arise, but they provide teachable moments for children to learn how to compromise and practice good decision-making.
3. Encourages language development
It allows the child to develop language and socialisation skills when playing as they are more comfortable to share their thoughts and feelings.
This article is derived from an assignment written by Reginal Allyn (SRT Resident Learning & Engagement Officer) who is currently pursuing her degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management at Kaplan (Murdoch University).
Sign your child up for our Stage Camp, 12 – 16 March 2018, and see how dramatic play can play a part in your child’s development! Find out more here: http://www.srt.com.sg/stage-camp