On most days at New Creations, for one hour each morning, the kids enjoy “Free Choice Time.” This free choice time builds self-esteem and confidence as they challenge themselves, learn, and succeed. Students usually choose between activities such as blocks, dramatic play, math manipulative (hands-on learning with counting, sorting, and puzzles), writing, reading corner, art table, and sensory media table.
Another favorite area for a lot of kids is our Dramatic Play Center. This area provides dress-up clothing, housekeeping materials, a doctor kit, a birthday party kit, and such things as pizza/restaurant props.
While you may think the kids are just playing and having fun here, they are developing important skills in many areas—language, social, emotional, motor, and cognitive. In “What are the benefits of dramatic play in early childhood,” Jennifer Streit sites how each of these areas benefit. She also points out that the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) states that dramatic play is imperative to a child’s growth in all areas of learning and cannot be replaced by adult instruction.
Dramatic play is the child’s way of reconstructing and reenacting his/her life experiences. Their play shows us how they think our world works. Children also express their feelings of frustration and anxieties through role playing, which they may not express through conversation with an adult. Check out more benefits of dramatic play listed on Leapfrog’s website.