We like Dramatic Play in my childcare environment. And when you need something to fill the time, you make something the children can take home. But first, we do a 'Test Run'. After all, it's more fun to play with friends! Right?!
So showing you how we turned a simple color page into a way to extend our theme of Fire Safety into the Dramatic Play Center. This color page is from about 16 years back so sorry no link for making a copy.
But maybe you could find a back issue on Amazon??
Notice the $5.50 price? Unheard of today.
Here is a view of supplies needed including a color page. We printed ours on cardstock for more longevity.
- The color and cut stage
Masking tape works best.
For the "People", firefighters in our instance, use tape loops and attach to the smaller tubes.
Finally, slide the fire truck in-between the longer tubes. It should be a snug fit. Trim the ends if it's a little long. And there you have it! Individual play sets for your theme to enhance Dramatic Play.
Skills Learned from Dramatic Play:
- Learning to cooperate, to control impulses (like tearing it up by 'crashing', leads to less aggressive tendencies.
- Eye/hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills
- Developing literacy skills with use of new language, role-playing and problem solving
- Learning to ask and answer questions. This introduces a larger view of the world they are living in. Some of them will relate the events of the evening news they see at home to their play. Great opportunity to 'be there' to discuss our times.
Talk with your caregiver about the importance of Dramatic Play.