More than costumes or props, young kids need time and space to work out the basics of how to collaborate. This article explains how dramatic play provides an environment to build crucial skills like negotiation, compromise, and agreement.
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This article for early childhood educators gives a case study of preschoolers engaging in dramatic play on the playground. After reading the story and teacher reflections, you can use the Reflective Questions to deepen your thinking and shape your teaching practices.
This journal defines the cluster of concepts related to pretend play and cognition and briefly synthesizes the latest research on the role of such play in children’s cognitive, social, and academic development.