For this area, you will need a play kitchen (refrigerator, stove, dishes, utensils) as well as play food, a table and chairs, play telephones, dolls, beds or cradles for the dolls and clothes.
There are many more items you could provide--think of your own home! Perhaps you could have a Dustbuster, a child sized broom and dustpan or vacuum cleaner, etc.
The picture at the top of this page is a Housekeeping or Homeliving Dramatic Play area.
One resource I simply could not do with out is The Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister Dodge. I believe every classroom should have one! If your program does not have a copy, check your local library or bookstore. It is a wealth of information on interest centers and could not be more developmentally appropriate! You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Click link to the right to go to their website.
Theme based Dramatic Play Areas
This is where you let your imaginations run wild! What is your theme for the next few weeks?
Is it dinosaurs? Why not set up a dinosaur cave! Hang a dark sheet or streamers from the ceiling in this area. Add stuffed dinosaurs or dinosaur costumes, plastic eggs (for their babies!) perhaps filled with small, plastic dinosaurs, books about prehistoric times, play food, etc.
Click here to go to my THEMES page. Under each theme, you will find suggestions for changes to the Dramatic Play Area for each theme!
A dramatic play interest learning center or pretend play center is an area that I recommend having available each and every day.
It is one of the few places in the preschool classroom where the children can use their creativity, imaginations, language and problem solving skills at the same time!
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