Invitation to Play | Dramatic Play

Invitation to Play | Dramatic Play

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Children learn through play. When children act out their own life experiences, it helps them make sense of what is happening in their lives and the world around them. Below is some information and dramatic play ideas for your kiddos.

Dramatic play can help children to…

  • learn to socialise and communicate
  • understand new experiences
  • learn language, and practise using it
  • express their feelings
  • be creative by making up their own stories, chants and songs
  • learn about cooperating and understanding from another person’s point of view
  • gain confidence
  • practise problem-solving
  • become familiar with the symbol systems of society such as letters and numbers

Adults can support children by…

  • supporting them to put their own ideas into practice, without taking over
  • play-acting with them, using language that goes with the play
  • helping them solve problems
  • discussing their ideas with them and helping them put their ideas into practice
  • providing a wide range of culturally diverse materials and equipment for them to use
  • stimulating ideas by reading stories and taking them on outings

Providing for dramatic play…

Locating family and dramatic play resources near other materials and equipment such as dough and blocks can enrich the play that occurs. Dough allows children to imitate the home kitchen setting, while blocks allow children to construct their own accessories such as buildings, roads, shops, puppet and storytelling theatres.

Ideas for equipment…

  • a selection of dress-up clothes and accessories for role-playing men and women of different cultures and occupations
  • dolls, dolls’ clothing, beds and bedding
  • table, chairs, kitchen utensils and furniture
  • a clothesline with pegs
  • toy stoves, cash registers, toy petrol stations
  • boxes and lengths of material
  • child-height mirror - for safety reasons perspex mirrors are best
  • familiar role-themed costumes eg: doctors’ coats, police uniforms, chef hats and aprons
  • props eg:. brooms, wands, plastic cups and saucers, pots and pans, doctor and nurse sets
  • writing materials for children to use in their play eg: making menus for a restaurant, money for a shop, sign for a road, invitations to a party


This blog post has been adapted from the Ministry of Education website, you can read their article in full HERE.


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