7 Dramatic Play Ideas for Kids

dramatic play ideas for kids
Otherwise known as imaginative play or pretend play, dramatic play has multiple benefits for a child’s development. Elliott absolutely loves pretend play, but it took him a while to get into it.

I absolutely love hearing his chatter as his wooden trains come to life and have conversations with each other, when he is concentrating hard on making me a meal of pom poms and pipe cleaners in his saucepan set or pretending to be my doctor and checking up on my ailments .

I try to promote pretend play as much as possible for the benefit of Elliott’s development.

Social Skills – dramatic play helps children learn how to take turns and share. It encourages cooperation with other children as well as learning how to negotiate and deal with disappointment.

Emotional Skills – dramatic play can help a child to see world from the point of view of others. Dramatic play can also help to increase confidence, self-esteem and a sense of individuality.  It is also a great opportunity for children to express their emotions.

Language Development – how lovely is it to hear children talking away while they play? Dramatic play enables children to discover that words do in fact give them the ability to recreate a story and attach meaning to a particular situation.

Physical Skills – dramatic play is a great way to build a child’s gross and fine motor skills, as well as enhance coordination.

Thinking ability – dramatic play gives children the opportunity to use their problem solving skills and come up with solutions. It also helps to promote creative thinking.

The best way to provide dramatic play opportunities to children is to provide them with pretend play toys like these ones! If you’re ever stuck for ideas on what you could set up for your kids, here’s some ideas that will help you on your way to creating a space where little imaginations can run wild!

7 Dramatic Play Activities for Kids

Pretend Play Kitchen

  • Oven, stove, sink
  • Wooden play food
  • Boxed play food
  • Table and chairs
  • Pots, pans and spoons
  • Tablecloth
  • Pretend play toaster
  • Cups and plates
  • Wooden Cutlery

Pretend Play Shops

  • Cash Register
  • Play money
  • Wooden play food
  • Boxed play food
  • Paper Bags
  • An old purse or wallet

Pretend Play House

  • Vacuum
  • Lawn mower
  • Broom
  • Empty spray bottles for cleaning
  • Toy computer
  • Letter box
  • Iron & Ironing board

Pretend Play School (This was my favourite as a kid…just ask my sisters, I was ALWAYS the teacher)

  • Blackboard
  • Paper and pencils
  • Chalk
  • Books
  • Dolls (for students)
  • Flash cards

Pretend Play Doctors

  • Doctors coat
  • Stethoscope
  • Play bandaids or bandages
  • Doctors bag
  • Dolls (for patients)
  • Bed (a good chance for parents to have a lie down!)

Dress Ups

  • Pirates, princesses, doctors, superheros…the sky’s the limit with dress ups. Raid your cupboard for clothes or check out the second hand store for cheap costumes.
  • A good chance to spring clean your wardrobe. Let your kids play with clothes you want to get rid of.

Tea Party

  • Pretend tea set
  • Play food
  • Water
  • Table and chairs
  • Dolls (as guests)
  • Picnic basket

The list of dramatic play activities for kids could go on forever! It’s all about thinking outside the square, most things you’ll already have lying around your home!

Happy pretending!


What’s your favourite pretend play activity in your home?


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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. October 1, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Wonderful suggestions Eva! Dramatic play is so important.

    • October 1, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks Zanni. It is very important indeed and I just love joining in too!