As young children take part in drama, they gain many benefits:
- Knowledge of and skill in theater arts.
- Improved literacy skills—reading, writing, and speaking.
- Development of imagination and aesthetic awareness.
- Independent and critical thinking and increased ability to solve problems.
- Social growth and the ability to work with others.
- A healthy release of emotion.
- Fun and recreation.
Educational theater offers parents benefits as well:
ENGAGING YOUNG CHILDREN IN THEATRE
For young children, it is possible to encourage dramatic play by providing a special space. This could be a corner of a child’s room where toys are kept or a space in a family room or kitchen. Add to the possibilities by collecting “props,” everyday objects ready for dramatization. For instance, a scarf can become a shawl, a sash, or any number of things. Hats can denote different characters. Baskets, bags, and plastic dishes are all useful props.
Storytelling through dramatic play is a favorite activity of young children. Begin by reading a well known children’s story then reenact the story.
Adapted from: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS