THINGS I LOVE
Dramatic Play Clothes
One of the things we do a few times a week is engage in dramatic play. I will either take my toddler to the library to play in the pretend kitchen or we will dress up at home and create scenarios for our pretend play. During this pretend play, we do lots of talking. We label items and I use phrases that he would likely need to learn to communicate with me and others. His favorite thing to do is play in the kitchen and dress up like a fireman. Kitchen play allows us to practice phrases used during preparing, serving, requesting, and eating meals. Not only do we get to practice key phrases, but we also get to act out various scenarios like making coffee or setting the dinner table.
The skills learned through dramatic play are numerous and the thing about dramatic play is it can be as fancy or as simple as you would like. You can use just about anything to pretend so, if you haven’t played in this way with your littles before, it’s easy to begin right now.