Much has been said lately about the importance of play to children’s development. Dramatic play is no different. When they use their imagination, they try out new roles, work through experiences, problem solve and learn how to maintain self-control. When a preschooler stacks blocks, he is discovering how different shapes and sizes can be balanced to build a structure, whereas a toddler role-playing as a doctor as she “fixes” her “sick” stuffed friends allows her to understand the world around her.
But what happens when that stack of blocks gets knocked down or a “patient” finds their way into another child’s hands? DRAMA ensues! Tears are flowing, hands are flailing and mouths are screaming. You, as the child care provider, jump in to take action, but as you do…
By embracing the DRAMA that can occur during dramatic play experiences, you will help a child learn how to develop self-control and interact with peers and adults appropriately. CCR&R Child Care Consultants can offer support when challenging behaviors occur. Contact your consultant here. Additional resources to share with parents and families include the Backpack Connections available on the Technical Assistance Center on the Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) website here.