Dramatic Play: Sharmila Vijayvargi

Children of all ages love to pretend as toddlers. They first enter the world of make-believe by engaging in activities they see around them and by putting themselves in the place of others. This activity involves mind-body and imagination. It is a child’s rehearsal for life and is essential to a child’s full development.

As children grow older their play develop mere structure. They act out favourite stories, create original situations from life and imagine themselves in fantasy experiences world where anything is possible. If they are encouraged in this kind of play at home, they become ready for creative drama by the time they enter school.

Research indicated that the foundation for all literacy development is an oral language both receptive, the language children receive, and expressive, the language children use in everyday interactions. Experiences that develop creative thinking, problem-solving skills and enhance language development, contribute to children's cognitive development. Part of that development occurs as children create roles and scenarios during their play. As they act out their scrivener, they are building skills needed to follow plots in books that are read to them and in books they will later read themselves. The housekeeping dramatic play and puppet centre areas provide early childhood children with many opportunities to play creatively, to interact with others and to explore language as they act out roles both familiar and novel.

Sharmila Vijayvargi
The Fabindia School, Bali

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