Dramatic or fantasy play is a form of play whereby children create imaginary characters and worlds beyond the here and now. These imaginary worlds may be based on the real life experiences of children, a book they have read, a movie they have watched or may solely be the fruit of the child’s own imagination and creativity.
Dramatic play has profound moral implications. When children assume the role of another person they look at the world through the eyes of someone else. They imagine what it is like to think, behave and talk like that person. This important capacity is called “perspective taking” and it is the basis of empathy. There are three basic types of dramatic play enjoyed by school-agers: socio-dramatic play, creative dramatics and theater. All three types are important components of a school-age program.