DRAMATIC PLAY CENTERS: The “Beach”

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For the month of May, our dramatic play center is a: BEACH

Once again, I’ve very behind on the blog. Things have been crazy lately!

For May our dramatic play center was set up as a “beach”. I usually reserves this theme for the middle of winter when we are wishing for warm weather, but the kids were already talking up their summer plans so much lately that I thought it’d be a great center to introduce the upcoming summer season.

Great article to read on  “How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning”:
http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=751

Things to Gather for a BEACH theme:

  • Sand pails
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Shovels
  • Empty sunscreen bottles
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Sand Molds
  • Sand
  • Kiddie pool
  • Water table
  • Swimwear
  • phones, keys and other dress up accessories
  • Beach balls
  • Blow up beach animals (I can find these at Dollar Tree every year)
  • Rafts
  • Books about the beach
  • play money
  • Photos of beach and ocean life

Things to Make for a BEACH Theme:

  • Beach and Ocean life posters
  • Signs, labels, water safety posters

Here is what our BEACH looks like:
05-19-2015 (8)

Links for Printables & Ideas for a Beach theme:
http://www.prekfun.com/A-F/Beach/Beach_DramaticPlay.htm

http://www.elcnwf.org/downloads/2009-06%20Under%20the%20Sea.pdf

http://www.123child.com/lessonplans/seasonal/summer/beach.php

http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/beach-theme.html

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