Category Archives: DRAMATIC PLAY

Dramatic Play Center Ideas

DRAMATIC PLAY: Hot Cocoa Shop

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To start out 2017, I added a brand new dramatic play center. For the months of January and February our dramatic play center is a: Hot Cocoa Shop

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 HOT COCOA SHOP theme:
-Cups
-Cup Sleeves
-Stirrers
-Cash Register
-Play Money
-Empty Whipped Cream/Cool Whip Containers
-Empty Cocoa Boxes/Pouches
-Hot Cocoa Toppings (Chocolate Chips, Marshmallows, Mints, etc…)
-Empty Milk/Cream Containers
-Dishes
-Sale Stand
-Dress Up Clothes
-Phones
-Clipboards
-Paper & Pens

More resources to set up a hot cocoa stand center:
http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-hot-cocoa-stand/

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hot-Chocolate-Cafe-Dramatic-Play-2310597

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hot-Cocoa-Dramatic-Play-Resources-495860

http://www.daycarespacesandideas.com/blog/hot-chocolate-stand-dramatic-play-pack

http://weedstowishes.blogspot.com/2012/12/hot-chocolate-stand-printables.html

http://www.acupcakefortheteacher.com/2012/12/hot-chocolate-writing-center-updates.html

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/WINTER-Trace-and-Count-2240094

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hot-Cocoa-Open-Ended-Activity-1028696

 

What our Hot Cocoa Stand looks like…

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DRAMATIC PLAY: Pumpkin Patch

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For the months of September and October our dramatic play center is a: PUMPKIN PATCH

This is another new theme for us, so excited to see how it turns out. 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 PUMPKIN PATCH theme:
-Maps
-Pumpkins
-Gords
-Hay Bales
-Leaves
-Rakes
-Scales
-Calculators
-Cash Register
-Play Money
-Sale Stand
-Cameras
-Dress Up Clothes
-Phones
-Books about fall
-Books about pumpkins
-Photos of area pumpkin patches
-Clipboards
-Paper & Pens

More resources to set up a pumpkin patch center:
http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-pumpkin-patch/

http://www.pocketofpreschool.com/2016/09/pumpkin-patch-dramatic-play.html

http://teaching2and3yearolds.com/preschool-dramatic-play-pumpkin-stand/ 

What our Pumpkin Patch looks like…

DRAMATIC PLAY: News Station

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For the months of May and June our dramatic play center is a: NEWS STATION

This is another new theme for us, so excited to see how it turns out. 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 NEWS STATION theme:
-Maps
-Microphones
-Cameras
-Tripod
-Desk
-Dress Up Clothes
-Phones
-Weather Books
-Books about your state
-Photos of news stations
-Clipboards
-Camcorder
-Headsets
-Paper & Pens
-Clocks

More resources to set up a news station center:
https://www.pinterest.com/schoolready13/dramatic-play-weather-station/

https://www.pinterest.com/katie1487/news-station-dramatic-play/

What our News Station looks like…

 

 

DRAMATIC PLAY: Dinosaur Cave

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For the months of March and April our dramatic play center is a: DINOSAUR CAVE

This is a brand new theme for us and based off the current interest of my group. They are obsessed with dinosaurs right now!

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 DINOSAUR CAVE theme:
-Dinosaur posters
-Dinosaur books
-Dinosaur toys
-Dinosaur bones
-Big box for a cave
-Dress Up Clothes
-Clipboards
-Excavation Tools
-Plants

More resources to set up a dinosaur cave center:

http://playtolearnpreschool.us/dinosaur-dramatic-play/ http://www.prekfun.com/themes/prekthemes/a-f/dinosaurs/Dinosaurs__DramaticPlay.htm

http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/dinosaur.htm

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=dinosaur%20dramatic%20play&rs=typed&0=dinosaur%7Ctyped&1=dramatic%7Ctyped&2=play%7Ctyped

What our Dinosaur Cave looks like…

DRAMATIC PLAY-Fairy-Tale Forest

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For the month of January and February our dramatic play center is a: FAIRY-TALE FOREST

This is a new theme for us and I’m very excited to see how the group responds. I’ve noticed that many of the children I have in my group are not familiar with a lot of the old school fairy tales in general so I am planning on introducing them all month long.

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 FAIRY-TALE FOREST theme:
-Fairy-Tale Books
-Dress Up Clothes
-Blocks
-Snow
-Pens/Pencils
-Paper
-Forest Items
-Playhouse
-Visuals
-Fairy Tale Character Masks

More resources to set up a fairy-tale forest center:

http://www.prekinders.com/fairy-tales-theme/

http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/fairy-tales.html

http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/topic/roleplay/masks/fairytale-masks.html

What our Fairy-Tale Forest looks like…

DRAMATIC PLAY: Post Office

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For the month of November and December our dramatic play center is a: POST OFFICE

The post office theme is not a first for my current group, but thought it’d be a perfect fit for the holidays. The kids are probably seeing their families send and mail holiday packages and they could pretend to do that as well.

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 APPLE ORCHARD theme:
-Cards
-Envelopes
-Junk Mail
-Ink Pads & Stamps
-Pens/Pencils
-Paper
-Cash Register
-Play Money
-Visuals
-Table
-Mailbox
-Dress Up Clothes

More resources to set up a post office center:
http://www.prekinders.com/post-office-dramatic-play/

 

http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-post-office/

Post Office Dramatic Play

What our Post Office looks like…

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DRAMATIC PLAY: Apple Orchard

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Well, I am  really, really behind on this…

For the month of September and October (we are now keeping the same theme for 2 months), our dramatic play center is a: APPLE ORCHARD

The apple orchard theme is a first for us and the kids are loving it! I made trees with apples that Velcro on and off so the kids can actually “pick” apples from the trees. We also had a field trip to the orchard so the group was very excited to come back and implement some of the new things they learned from our orchard guide.

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 APPLE ORCHARD theme:
-Apples
-Trees
-Books
-Produce stand
-Scales
-Play money
-Cash Register
-Visuals
-Bushel baskets
-Dress Up Clothes

More resources to set up an apple orchard center:
http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-apple-orchard/

http://www.theideabox.com/Apple_Orchard_Dramatic_Play.html

http://123learnwithmekathy.blogspot.com/2013/10/dramatic-play-apple-orchard.html

What our Apple Orchard looks like…
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