How Children Learn Through Dramatic Play

an essential component of early childhood education

Dramatic play—also known as pretend play or make-believe—is an essential component of early childhood education. There are two main types of dramatic play: structured, which is typically guided by a teacher or parent, and unstructured, which is free-form. Bringing dramatic play outdoors is a wonderful opportunity to expand your students’ imagination. Playspace Design aims to make this easy to do with our selection of outdoor play equipment specifically designed to encourage and foster pretend play. 

Why is this important? Dramatic play, particularly outdoors, helps children build a greater understanding of the world around them. This type of play can provide a wealth of benefits including cognitive development, language development, increased capacity for empathy, relationship building with peers, and strengthened self-empowerment and emotional well-being. Children are also engaged in problem solving and conflict resolution as they learn to play together cooperatively.

With the right environment in place, students can engage in dramatic play outdoors on a regular basis. We invite you to view our wide selection of outdoor learning products to design a space that cultivates and encourages dramatic play among your students. These are just a few examples of the types of products we can provide:

Simple Playhouse with sink and stove

Simple Playhouse

Dimensions: 6×6

  • Available for surface install
  • Available in primary or natural colors
Farmers Market Playhouse

Farmers Market Playhouse

Dimensions: 4×4 

  • Includes deck, posts, roof, veggie panel, chalkboard, and side panel
  • Available for surface install
  • Available in primary or natural colors
Water table with lid

Mini Mud Kitchen

Dimensions: 4×2

  • Available for in-ground install or surface mount
  • Available in primary or natural colors
Main Street Trolley

Main Street Trolley

Dimensions: 96x57x56

  • Available for in-ground install
  • Available in primary or natural colors
Taxi

Downtown Taxi

  • Comes with deck and panels
  • Available for surface install
  • Available in primary or natural colors

Bring Dramatic Play to Your Outdoor Classroom

See Your Vision Come to Life With Playspace Design

Our team is ready to help you design an outdoor learning classroom that sets the stage for fun and creative dramatic play. Give students the opportunity to engage in essential dramatic play in the natural environment. We will do our best to bring your vision to life, keeping in mind the specific details of your space, your needs, and your budget.