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Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

pp 522-523

Dramatic Play


Creative dramatics; Fantasy play; Pretend play; Pretension play; Socio-dramatic play; Symbolic play


Dramatic play permits children to fit the reality of the world into their own interests and knowledge. Dramatic play gives the child the opportunity to release his/her emotions while feeling less threatened and exposed owing to the distance that dramatic play creates from his/her problems [1, 3].


Dramatic play includes role-playing, puppetry, and fantasy play. It does not require interaction with another. By acting out experience, he/she comes into contact with reality. It is constructive for the child to remember situations through play and to have the opportunity to repeat them and work through them. Socio-dramatic play is dramatic play with the additional component of social interaction with either a peer or teacher [1]. Creative dramatics involves spontaneous, creative play. Children frequently reenact a scene or a story.

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