Dramatic Play and Urges
When children are engaged in dramatic, creative play of their own choosing, they are operating at a high level of cognitive and social development. Dramatic play allows space for the development of executive functioning skills, identified now as key skills for the modern adult world.
Almost three years ago, when Longworth Forest opened it’s doors, creative, dramatic play occurred occasionally. Now, I am privileged to observe this type of play happening on a daily basis.
This week, a large branch from a gum tree was felled in order to make room for a tree house. Once the area was safe, our learners couldn’t wait to visit the site. After an initial explore, our current urge for enclosures and hut building began. The first afternoon was taken up with dragging branches to the site.
Although the first constructions were made by individuals or small groups, the high level of co-operation among our learners no longer surprises us. Branches were shared along with any problems that individuals happen to experience. Some branches were too heavy, so the older learners were only too happy to help fix them into the best positions.