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Dramatic Play

Dramatic play is when a child pretends to take on a role of someone else, mimicking actions and speech from previously observed situations.

Young children tend to follow and stick to rules of dramatic play and this acts as a stepping stone towards self-regulation. They grow the ability to control impulses, coordinate with others and make plans by understanding the world through role-playing.

Children often use dramatic play as an emotional outlet to explore and express their own thoughts and feelings. Unstructured dramatic play encourage children to consider a specific problem that may arise and then propose their own solutions.

Through dramatic play, we expose children to text and provide the chance for them to learn the many ways we use text in daily life. Not only does dramatic play teach and promote expressive language, it also serves as a good avenue for children who are shy to participate in a group.

There are two types of dramatic play conducted in our Centres: structured and unstructured. While structured dramatic play presents children with a pre-determined scenario where they must make choices and discover solutions, unstructured dramatic play gives children the freedom to delve into their imagination and creativity.

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