Drama involves pretending in a variety of situations. It helps children develop imagination, language skills, cooperation and other social skills, confidence, and creative expression. Here are some ways you can encourage the children in your program to engage in dramatic play. (See Illinois Early Learning and Development Benchmarks 25.A.ECa Movement and Dance: Build awareness of, explore, and participate in dance and creative movement activities., 25.A.ECb Drama: Begin to appreciate and participate in dramatic activities., and26.B.ECa Use creative arts as an avenue for self-expression.View sample lesson plan.)
Make up a short story using sounds. Ask the children what the sounds suggest. "I was walking down the street one morning when suddenly I heard [Make short bursts of scraping sounds with your fingers on a hard surface.] What was it?" Continue with the story. Include children's ideas and new sound effects with your hands, such as drum rolls, a light tapping sound with a single finger, or a loud steady beat with your full hand.
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