Everyday dramatic play in preschool

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My class is very, very into all kinds of dramatic play so I have learned to make sure I am keeping a variety of tools for dramatic play available in my class for the kids to explore…

Today, I set up a small “office” in our classroom. The office simply included a few old non-working telephones, a desk tray, clip boards, paper,, and a variety of office supplies …

The children made important phone calls and wrote down important memos. The paper piled up on the table but there were so many calls to manage – this was a busy day with lots of important business to take care of…

A telephone invites conversation and communication between the children and in their own imaginations…

Both boys and girls spent time at the office today…

As the children played, I observed their play to see if I needed to make any adjustments in the tools or center. At one point, we had four children who wanted to play but only three phones. No worries, I just whipped out my cell phone and handed it over with the promise that no one would make any real calls on it…

As you can see, dramatic play invites learning and promotes all different kinds of development. By adding a few interesting tools to our classroom, we had writing, communication, social development, fine motor development, cooperation, organization, and the exploration of new tools to enjoy…

Building a set of dramatic play prop boxes and ideas can help you facilitate interesting opportunities for dramatic play in the classroom.

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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