Handout | Dramatic Play World Building Cycle

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Dramatic Play World Building Cycle

There is a dramatic play world building cycle that children repeat during their play. As part of this cycle, they create, organize, and explore imaginary worlds based on their personal interests, knowledge, and experience. One of the reasons children need large hunks of time for dramatic play is that such play involves an abundance of planning and organizing.

They must decide which person will play which character, negotiate the setting, settle on a play narrative, and more while also gathering props and organizing the space for play. As play unfolds, a constant cycle of decision making and preparation takes place to keep the play moving forward.

Deciding and Preparing is a big part of children’s dramatic play

Dramatic Play World Building Cycle PDF Handout


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