The benefits of drama and play
Every day teachers witness first-hand the benefits of drama for young children - and you can join them by putting our tried and tested techniques, music, and games into practice.
1. Drama builds confidence
Even the most reticent of children take just a few weeks to gently build up their self-esteem until before long they are confident to take a full and active part in imaginative play. A few weeks is all it takes.
2. Drama helps concentration
When pretending together, children are encouraged to listen to each other's ideas and thoughts and to take turns. These activities allow children to recognize the value of concentration; a skill that is vital in the world outside their home.
3. Drama helps develop language and communication skills
Learning new songs, playing new games and participating in pretend play (when children must take on the language of the role they are playing), all contribute to a child's developing vocabulary. They are encouraged to express themselves both verbally and through facial expression and body language; the key to making them better communicators.
4. Drama encourages children to cooperate
Every activity we teach, from playing drama games to improvisation to singing together, requires cooperation. Children quickly realize that to get the best out of each activity, cooperation is a much-needed skill!
5. Drama supports numeracy skills
When learning through drama and play, children don't ever guess they are learning. Counting the number of beats in a song, counting the number of stars on a camping trip or working out how many eggs to put in a cake are just a few examples of how being involved in a drama can help to develop essential cognitive skills.
6. Drama helps children to understand the world around them
Even without costumes or props, we help children explore a range of different themes and introduce children to a variety of real and imaginary situations, sparking their interest in the world in which they live and making them more inquisitive (and therefore more interesting!) little people.
7. Drama develops emotional intelligence
By encouraging children to 'act out' a range of emotions in a safe and supportive environment, children are better able to understand their feelings and develop empathy with others.
8. Drama assists physical development
We harness children's eagerness to pretend and move to teach simple movement sequences, play drama games, and interpret action songs - all designed to help children gain mastery over their growing bodies.
9. Drama develops creativity
Creative people can view things in new ways and from different perspectives. They can think on their feet and generate new ideas. Our child-led approach to improvisation and pretend play encourages the development of creativity as children lead the direction of the drama themselves, come up with solutions to problems when in role, and respond imaginatively to a range of pretend situations.
10. Drama nurtures friendships
By its very nature drama can create strong bonds between children and between children and their grown-ups as they laugh, learn and grow together!
If you are a teacher, preschool or school district looking for advice, support or training on any aspect of drama for young children, please get in touch. Or try out of powerful free lesson - 'Bringing Nursery Rhymes to Life'. Find out more here!