You see the title, but then you ask yourself, what is that? What is Developmentally Appropriate Creative Drama? Developmentally appropriate practice (according to Professor Google), also known as DAP, is the approach to teaching that is grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn. Dramatic play is one of the many areas within Early Childhood Development (ECD) to focus your child on to help with their development. Even without our assistance, children are already conducting dramatic play. Dramatic play is a type of play where children accept and assign roles, and then act them out. Anything from role playing, using props or materials, pretending and make-believe, can assist with a child's attention span, social skills and interaction, and communication skills.
When playing with your little one, you can help boost their skills from dramatic play, as well as literacy skills by turning just a regular story book into a creative drama. Creative drama provides children the opportunity to enhance the 5 aspects of language knowledge; phonological, semantic, syntactic, morphemic, and pragmatic.
One story book that I remember growing up was called Down by the Bay, written by Raffi Cavoukian. This book/song is great for younger children. With either a single child or group of them, you can bring this story to life. By using puppets, animals, or their imaginations, you can have your little ones act out the different versus of this book and have fun doing so.
The main verse of the story is "Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow. Back to my home, I dare not go. For if I do, my mother will say...." Followed by verses such as, "did you ever see a cat, wearing a hat..." "did you ever see a frog, walking his dog..." and "did you ever see a bear, combing his hair..." just to name a few.
The possibilities are endless. Currently my 3 year olds favorite books contain either pirates or dinosaurs, so you can only imagine the creative drama fun that will be going on at my house. What is your child's favorite story?