Dramatic Play DRAMATIC PLAY IMITATE REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS Think of it as a stage where the child enters and immediately takes on a role and pretends. - parenting, cooking, doctor, teacher, grocery store, office, hair salon, etc. Dramatic Play / Free Play:
IMITATE REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS
Think of it as a stage where the child enters and immediately takes on a role and pretends.
- parenting, cooking, doctor, teacher, grocery store, office, hair salon, etc.
Large motor activities of their choosing.
Acts on own imagination.
Best when restrictions are few.
Computers, blocks, balance beam, climbing tube, basket ball hoop, dress ups, puzzles, play dough, doll house or barn.
Basket ball hoop
Have children stand in a line with one leader (adult) and the other adult leader stands across the yard or room.
The leader without children yells :
“___, _____, how did you get there?” (filling in the blanks with an animal or a mode of transportation)
The other adult leader yells the mode of movement for that animal or vehicle.
ex. "Snake, snake, how did you get there?" "We slithered!"
At this point all the children pretend to be that thing and slither to the other leader. It goes back and forth as long as the attention of your children.
Use horses, bees, motorcycles, racecars, airplanes, etc.
1) Provides an outlet for the child’s inner thoughts and feelings.
2) Helps them solve personal problems and make choices.
3) Teaches about occupations.
4) Expands their minds as they act out what they can be in real life.
5) Provides practice for language development as generate plots.
6) Dramatic play creates an opportunity for children to be involved in social interactions.
- Associative and Cooperative play are essential skills for social interaction in Dramatic Play.
Tell the children to act as a bear and give them 10 seconds to "act" as the bear.
Blow the whistle or buzzer and create another "character" right after that, such as a clown, or police officer.
Come up with a list of "characters" and incorporate them into your lesson. Be creative and watch the
responses of the children.
limited to house play.
-often it is based on the day’s theme.
Stove - refrigerator - child-sized table & chairs - - mirrors - dolls - doll bed & high chair
Pots & Pans, Utensils - cooking equipment Clock - telephone - food
Shoes -scarves -jewelry -hats - wigs
suitcases - bags - keys
Brushes- cordless blower- empty product bottles- mirrors- aprons- emery boards- magazines- play cosmetics- play moneyBasic Prop Box MATERIALS
Take cardboard storage boxes (the height of the boxes should be from the floor to the children's knees).
List 10 items that you can realistically put in your dramatic play area. Use your imagination! Relate your lesson plan directly to the dramatic play area!
Book, Paper, Chalk, Crayons, Ruler, Glasses, Black Construction Paper, Calculator, Markers, Notebook.
What would you put in a Royalty box and a Gardner box?
Now Choose 1 of your items and write it
on a strip of paper for our next game.
Put a pile of old clothes and props on the floor and put an empty cardboard box alongside them.
One person picks up an article, ie: a red hat, and puts it in the box saying,
"I'm going on vacation and I will take...my red hat."
The next person also puts something in the box, for example, a blue shirt, and says
"I'm going on vacation, and I'll take...my red hat and blue shirt."
Continue the game, increasing the list of thingsin the box until one person forgets something.
Provide children with problem solving ideas
Child may not want to be a baker because there is not a baker’s hat. You help them make a paper hat
A child is hitting and you tell them to stop because the child does not like it and then direct them through solving the issue.
Show them appropriate ways to play a part
In a shoe store the child may not know how to sell shoes so you say," Would you like to buy some shoes today?”
Your child looks hungry, shouldn’t you go and feed him?
Away from quiet areas and next to noisy areas like dramatic play.
Use the shelves for walls and storage
Ample space to build without getting in the way of others.
Flat carpeted surface for warmth, comfort, and noise control
Props other than blocks: furniture, people, cars, animals, road signs…..
Establish simple rules to keep the “construction Site’ safe.
We use blocks for building
We take blocks as we need them
We clean up our blocks when we are finished
A self conscious child can hide behind a puppet and act out feelings or be anything.
they may say things to or through a puppet that they would not say to anyone else.
The teacher can use puppets to motivate and teach the children
Often they will listen to a puppet over a teacher.
Use a paper plate, sock, brown paper bag, picture on a stick, mittens, toilet paper tube, finger puppets, …..
Read a book like Brown bear, Brown Bear.
Create face puppets using paper plates.
Then act out the book using the paper plate masks.
Each person create a puppet based on the group preschool theme.
Write a puppet story (or use a well known one)
Begin with a teaching theme (friends, manners, safety, vacation, holidays, occupations, rules…) and center the story around this.
Simple, familiar problems add interest
End the story by resolving the conflict / issue.
Turn a table over for your puppet stage and get ready to perform!
Sound affects, appropriate character voices, props