Observe the child during independent dramatic play or play with others. Provide props for preferred themes.
Provide props related to a favorite character (e.g., Superman) or a type of character (e.g., a princess) or make a suggestion related to role play of a preferred character or animal (e.g., dog).
The child enthusiastically acts out specific pretend characters of choice with actions, words, and sounds to demonstrate events.
Help early childhood educators and parents understand that fantasy play allows the child to insert creativity. The child may act silly or make unusual sounds. Tolerating and even encouraging fantasy behavior is difficult for many adults. Explain how letting the child bark like a dog and pretend to drink from a bowl on the floor is not crazy behavior, it is the child’s exploration of how other creatures act. Support for creative play encourages creative thinking. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to talk to the child about his play sequences.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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