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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: 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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DRAMATIC PLAY CENTERS: Camp Site

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For the month of June, our dramatic play center is a: CAMP SITE

The camp site theme is one of my favorite to set up. Many of my younger kids have never been camping before, or even in a tent so they really enjoy it and learn a lot. With the camp sight dramatic play center, there are so many things to talk to the kids about such as weather, bugs, plants, animals, food and more!

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 CAMP SITE theme:

  • Tent
  • Blankets
  • Books about camping
  • Binoculars
  • Plastic bugs
  • Plastic snakes
  • Plastic plants
  • Backpacks
  • Stuffed animals
  • Stars (to hang above tent)
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlights/Lanterns
  • Fishing Poles
  • Outdoor Chairs
  • Cookwear
  • Plastic Fish
  • Dress Up Clothes
  • Hats
  • Water table
  • Maps
  • Empty sunscreen & bug spray bottles
  • BBQ grill (make one using this link: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-toy-grill-116515 or if you have a child play one)
  • Photos of camp sites

Things to Make for a CAMPING Theme:

Here is what our CAMP SITE looks like:
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Links for Printables & Ideas for a Camping theme:
http://www.nuttinbutpreschool.com/camping/

http://fun-a-day.com/activities-for-a-preschool-camping-theme/

http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-camping-theme/

 

 

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:
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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