A playhouse is a space for children to role play and create imaginary worlds where they are in charge. It is where they can practice adult roles, solve problems and act out feelings that they may not yet be able to express in words. It is important that children are able to play these roles so they can learn how to be adults, and also so they can understand the world around them.
Playhouses are great for developing social skills and empathy, children can interact with each other and play in the same setting which helps to build friendships. They can also learn to cooperate and work together with their peers in the same space, sharing ideas, taking turns and negotiating.
Often, when children are playing in their own playhouses they will pretend that they are their parents or siblings and then they can imitate what they see their family members doing and imagine themselves as them. This is an important form of learning, young children observe their parents and other adult role models everyday and this play gives them the chance to explore these relationships in a safe environment where they can experiment with different scenarios without real consequences.
Many children enjoy using their own toys in the playhouse, especially their favorite dolls and figurines. It is a good idea to keep some of these toys in the house for when your children want to use them, but it is also a great idea to rotate out other toys so that your children can get new things to play with every now and then. If your children are very young, you should supervise them while they are playing in the playhouse to make sure they don’t hurt themselves or cause a hazard for others.
As children grow older, they will want to take on more challenging roles within their role play games such as a teacher or doctor and their own little playhouse can help them to develop these skills. They can start to invite their friends into their playhouses and create new scenarios for themselves, a great way to develop their confidence and build on their social skills.
In order to encourage children to continue to use their imaginations while they are playing, you can add in extra features to their playhouse such as a mailbox, a kitchen area or some other items that will allow them to really immerse themselves in the role playing. Some of the playhouses come with all of these accessories already installed, but you can also easily buy them separately online or at your local home improvement store.
The Cleveland Playhouse started in 1921 when Eleanor Roosevelt rented out some of her Val-Kill Industries property to a group of local citizens who wanted to stage plays. Their first director, FRANCIS EDSON DRURY, was a businessman who helped the company to develop a steady income and he encouraged a diverse repertoire of classics and contemporary works. DRURY resigned after two years, alienating supporters and breaking his promises to mount full seasons of shows. He was succeeded by K. ELMO LOWE who continued to promote a broad mix of plays and new work but did not have the same financial success as DRURY.