Observe the child playing with dolls and props from daily activities.
Suggest that the child go shopping and leave his baby with a babysitter. Offer to play the role of babysitter.
How the child handles the separation with the baby doll may be a re-creation of what his parents do with him to handle separation. It is also a reflection of how the child feels about separation.
Early childhood educators and parents can use dramatic play as a means of talking about issues that are reflected in the child’s play. (“How does that baby feel? What would make him feel better?”)
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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