Children learn through dramatic play. Where they are trying out all kinds of roles and responsibilities they are learning to understand the world around them. As they process new expereinces kids also develop social skills, imagination, and creativity!
Several of our readers have come up with some great dramatic play stations. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Teaching with Preschoolers has a post of tips for putting together prop boxes for dramatic play.
Preschool Planner 101 has a detailed post about how to put together a dramatic play in the POND station.
Sharin' with Sharron has posted suggestions for outdoor dramatic play including a picnic and camping set up.
Bakers and Astronauts explains the importance of a dramatic play area and shows pictures of several of the items included in theirs.
Kelly from Doing Life Together put together a cocoa stand.
Counting Coconuts put together a playdough garden center.
Two Little Seeds practiced life skills with a launderette play center.
Kim from Life of a Modern Mom put together an amazing play house.
Kami at Nurturing the Tender Years put togther a fun mailbox and envelopes for a mailbox practice center.
Flipflops and Applesauce suggests playing spaghetti restaurant, with a real spaghetti dinner!
Other Dramatic Play Theme Suggestions:
- Beauty Salon
- Video Store
- Doctor Office
- Ice Cream Truck
- Medical Supply Store
- Under the Sea
- Pizza Shop
- Gift Wrap Station
- Construction Zone
- Travel Agent
- Fire Station
- Science Lab
Child Care Lounge has a great list of items to add to your prop box for several different centers.