Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Janice Esau

Second Reader

Sue Starks


early childhood education, play-based learning, child development, dramatic play


Children need active dramatic play in the classroom to explore social roles and to expend extra energy. Teachers of young children need to provide a safe place for all children to learn. Early childhood teachers can integrate the two ideas: provide a safe place for all children to engage in active dramatic play. This project will be a guide for teachers of pre-kindergarten children, ages 2-5 years. It will incorporate articles stating the benefits of active dramatic play, as well as the arguments against active dramatic play in the classroom. The guide will also include ideas and activities to incorporate active dramatic play in the early childhood classroom.


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