It’s no secret that getting into drama and acting can be really beneficial for kids. It can help them to develop their language and communication skills as well as increasing their ability to empathise (a key emotional skill) as they begin to understand what it’s like to be another person.
We spoke to Filming With Kids who said: “Getting your kids into drama can not only be brilliant fun for them, it can also help them to acquire important skills which will help them in later life, such as self-esteem and confidence.”
Because of this, a bit of gentle encouragement to get your kids interested in the field may be just the ticket to helping them on their way to be fun-loving and well-rounded adults.
There’s no better way of igniting a child’s interest in all things drama than taking them along to shows involving drama, dance, and musical performances and, luckily, this doesn’t have to break the bank if you don’t have money to burn.
There are a plethora of shows aimed at children (you can find some of them here) taking place all over the country from Gangsta Granny to The Snow Queen, so you’ll always be able to find something to spark a bit of excitement in your little ones.
Not only will taking your children to see shows be great fun for all of you, it will also allow them to get a glimpse into the world that they may be entering. This will give them the opportunity to see whether or not it’s for them.
Nurturing a love of drama and acting can take time, as can getting your kids to feel comfortable with showcasing their skills in front of others; one way to overcome this is to start them early.
Dance classes are a great way of introducing children to the world of performing and some dance classes, like Diddi Dance, cater for children as young as 18-months old. Here they will engage in group activities and gain confidence in performing with and in front of others.
For older children, engaging in group activities like joining a choir can raise their confidence for performing in front of other people and the sooner that happens, the sooner they will gain enough confidence to perform solo in drama and acting class situations.
You simply can’t get your children into drama and acting if you’re unprepared for what that may entail. It may be the case that you or your child aren’t ready for everything that comes along with entering that world.
If your child is intimidated by older children or is too young to be able to take basic instruction, be able to use a toilet by themselves, or be able to join in with group activities, then they’re probably too young to be going along to drama classes.
Similarly, when your child is old enough to get involved with drama and acting, a whole lot of time management is required. Drama and acting classes can take up a lot of time, as do rehearsals and performances so this along with school, homework, and friends can be a lot for a child to cope with.
If you and your child feel that they’re ready for drama and acting, go for it! They’ll likely reap some rewards.