Friday, February 3, 2017

The Pizza Penguin!

Our Dramatic Play area is transforming into a Pizza Place. We are collecting pizza boxes, menu's etc. If you have anything to donate please send it in. The children are so creative and excited. We have been busy painting a large box that Mr. Gresham cut out to look like a brick fired pizza oven. Our grand opening will be next week! The importance of Dramatic Play: 
  • Children develop important complex social and higher order thinking skills. Pretend play is much more than simple play activities; it requires advanced thinking strategies, communication, and social skills. Through pretend play, children learn to do things like negotiate, consider others’ perspectives, transfer knowledge from one situation to another, delay gratification, balance their own ideas with others, develop a plan and act on it, explore symbolism, express and listen to thoughts and ideas, assign tasks and roles, and synthesize different information and ideas. In this creative play description, we could just as easily be describing the skills needed to successfully manage a work project for an adult as describing children’s pretend play. (Dr. Scott Kaufman emphasizes the value of pretend play in his 2012 Psychology Today article.)

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