As one of the most important types of play in early childhood, dramatic play should be supported in the outdoor environment. While dramatic play will occur wherever there are healthy preschoolers, a proper play environment can do much to encourage the best kinds of dramatic play. Our equipment and dramatic play themes help to support the child’s own imagination and the world they will create. We believe there are at least three important components to environments that support dramatic play:
- Built elements (child-size playhouses and vehicles) with appropriate enclosure
- Contiguous placement of the built elements along a complex trike track
- Various loose parts like trikes, dramatic play props, and large blocks like our Inter+Blocks.
Note: The Public Playground Safety Handbook divides children into 3 age groups: 6 months through 23 months, 2 through 5 years of age, and 5 through 12 years of age.