The Importance Of Dramatic Play

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As a child matures, themes, sequences, plans, problem solving, characters and so forth become more rich and they begin to organise other children for role play with independence (around 5 years of age).
Dramatic play is a form of symbolic play where a child pretends to take on a role of someone else, imitating actions and speech from earlier observed situations. When another person becomes involved in the play, it is called socio-dramatic play. The elements of reality and make-believe are involved as children imitate real-life people and situations they have experienced, but because they are unable to imitate exactly what they have observed, make-believe enters their play.

Children’s ability to engage in dramatic play is encouraged with toys that have more than one purpose, such as building blocks, containers, tools, costumes, and other props. Costumes and themed settings, such as play houses and play grocery stores, set the stage for dramatic play.
Outdoor play on playgrounds allows for fuller expression and freedom through active movement and loud talk. The outdoor environment offers greater availability of low-structured, low-realistic, natural materials, and spaciousness that encourage dramatic play. When playing outdoors, boys engage in more dramatic play and girls are more assertive.
New innovative playgrounds are being designed that greatly encourage dramatic play. Old West towns, forts, castles, pirate ships, rescue fire trucks, trains, and space ships are some of
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