When we think of young children playing, images of dramatic play almost always come to mind. We picture children busy in the dress-up corner, baking pizzas in the sandbox, or playing firefighter on the climbing structure. These images often focus on what children are saying and doing as part of the play. However, when we take a close look at the motor skills involved in performing these activities, we can see a double benefit. When we put aside the more obvious benefits of dramatic play – such as language, social, and emotional development-we find great opportunities for physical development.