Imagine you are a classroom teacher of preschool children. You include a dramatic play center in your classroom for children to use daily. Dress-up clothes, props, and a variety of other materials are available for children to explore. A concerned parent approaches you after school one afternoon, explaining that her son continues to come home and talk about how he plays “princess” at school with his friends. He excitedly explains that he and his friends pretend they are characters from a familiar movie, and he really likes playing princess everyday. The parent asks for your professional input about the situation.

In your discussion post, describe how you would help the parent understand how the play her son engages in is an example of dramatic play.

Support your response, by explaining why sociodramatic play in particular, is important for preschool children’s development. Please separate your responses for clarity.

Reference your textbook or any other reliable, valid resource in your answer.

Textbook reference:

Isenberg, J. P. & Jalongo, M. R. (2010). Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning Preschool through Fourth Grade (5th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.