The Story of a Cardboard Box
The story begins.
A doorway…it opens…it shuts…
The story continues in the imagination and play of a little girl.
Young children are easily enthralled by the limitless potential of a simple cardboard box but why is this type of dramatic or pretend play important to a young child’s development? Isn’t it just fun? Don’t they just play?
4 Reasons to Encourage Dramatic Play
- Dramatic play allows the child to imitate reality in terms of their own understanding and knowledge of their world and their own interests within it – imagine a child delivering a leaf through a hole in a box as mail in a postbox.
- Through this symbolic representation of their world the child tests and reinforces what they know and understand the world to be.
- Role playing is a wonderful way for children to increase their awareness of how it feels to be someone else. Large box play often involves imaginative play involving assuming a role – the postman, the mummy, the driver, etc.
- Role playing may be carried out alone, but becomes further enhanced by verbal communication and interaction with others within the play.
The story of a cardboard box is a rich narrative indeed.