Let’s get dramatic

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By Phoebe DoyleEducational writer

During children’s early years, drama is an engaging way to build self-esteem and inspire their imaginations, while retelling and creating stories – plus it’s tremendous fun!


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In this article:

  1. Introduction
  2. Early years benefits
  3. Games and activities

Introduction

Drama can be a powerful tool at any age, but for the very young it has particular relevance since it is directly related to the imaginative spontaneous play that is so definitive of the early years. Drama activities enhance children’s abilities to communicate understandings, ideas, and emotions in a safe forum and environment.


Early years benefits

Drama holds great potential benefits for young children, while it explores story, movement, music and play. Katie Moffat, a former drama teacher and founder of Pyjama Drama explains the benefits she sees: ‘Drama gives children the opportunity to build a valuable set of skills – we call it the four Cs – communication, cooperation, confidence and creativity. The children can use the ‘safety’ of an imaginary world to try out different situations and in doing so they learn, grow and develop as individuals.’ Katie believes drama is an inclusive pursuit and remarks upon how even the most reserved of children tend to get involved: ‘Children get so caught up in the fun of role play that they tend to forget shyness completely, time and time again we see how children progress during the sessions and every week they take a little of this home with them. Other elements also help to combat any shyness, singing in front of the rest of the group, for example, can be a great confidence builder.’

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