Dramatic Play

Children break through the restrictions of reality and pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, make up situations and actions that go along with that role, and deepen their understanding of the world. They work through a range of emotions from anger, fear, and worry to elation, pride and power. They use a variety of large and small muscles, and enhance their eye-hand coordination in putting on costumes and disguises. They enhance their cognitive skills by portraying a role through representational thinking and problem-solving. Language and conversation is always a part of this type of play. Written words are used to label costume boxes, furnishings and props.

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