Dramatic Play Ideas for Preschool

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The dramatic-play center in a preschool classroom is an important component to social development. There should be a variety of role-playing activities available, and children should have access to traditional and non-traditional roles in the dramatic-play, or representational-play, area.

1 Traditional

A traditional dramatic-play area is composed of household items, such as a stove, dishes, food, table, chairs, dolls, doll furniture and aprons to allow children to role-play domestic situations.

2 Workers

Items that allow children to explore various working roles include a construction helmet, a police badge, a fast-food apron, a stethoscope, safety goggles, work boots, a mail bag and uniform shirts.

3 Fantasy

Allowing children to explore fantasy opens up creativity. Pick a story that's a class favorite or supply crowns, wings, wands and capes for fantasy exploration.

4 Undersea

Why limit dramatic play to the world above the water? Fill and decorate the area with items children can use to pretend to be fish, sharks, mermaids, jellyfish, seahorses or starfish.

5 Jungle

A dramatic-play jungle is a place where children can explore animals and their animal instincts. Items that safari travelers would use or animal ears and tails will provide many options for children.

6 Farm

Overalls, hats, farm animals, hay bales, corn stalks, gourds, squash, baskets and tractors provide new areas of exploration for children who live in urban settings.

Pepper Near has written articles on such topics on such topics as growth and development in human beings and HIV/AIDS. Her expertise includes at-risk and teen parenting, childhood risk and resilience, and poverty issues. She holds a Master of Science in human development and family studies from Central Michigan University.