Everyday dramatic play in preschool

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.

By |2018-06-08T14:00:59+00:00January 15th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Janice @ learning4kids January 15, 2012 at 7:35 am - Reply

    The Office dramatic play looks like so much fun! I will definitely give this one a try with my kids! Thanks for the great linky…..I always love to read your posts….x

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Thank you for all your dramatic play ideas Janice! They are WONDERFUL!

  2. The Iowa Farmer's Wife January 15, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

    what a neat idea! I need to post about our homemade grocery store. And an office sounds like such a fun idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Oooh, be sure to come back and share your grocery store when you get it posted!!

  3. Little Wonders' Days January 15, 2012 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Your office play looks great! I have some prop boxes I rotate out in the playroom from time to time. I’ll have to add an office one! I linked up an old post, hope that is ok.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Of course, that is okay!!! It is more than okay!! Thank you for linking up!

  4. Vanessa @Pre-K Pages January 15, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for hosting this wonderful linky party Deb, great idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

      I love the “Every Day” series and I wanted to build more resources for my classroom on Dramatic play:)

  5. I never tried to make a pretend office 🙂 That is a great idea. They all look very busy working! I will definitely give it a try! My son would, like his dad, would spend mostly his time in front of the pretend laptop 😉 Thank you Deborah!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

      I plan to make a pretend laptop too – but I do have an old laptop that I could set out next time. It doesn’t run any more but the kids won’t care:)

  6. Shelley Simpson January 15, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I love seeing all the ideas for dramatic play. I have worked with teachers who never change their dramatic play center and can’t figure out why the children are not working well there when it’s usually a case of boredom. We are always watching to see if we need to add something and to decide when to change the theme. Our themes are usually based on something the children have already shown an interest so they stay engaged and are able to extend their ideas even more.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

      I love how you follow the child’s interest and change things up! My kids definitely get bored if I don’t change it up along the way:)

  7. Meaning Matters January 15, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    What a great post, we love dramatic play and we use it in our classroom to spur writting in our students. Some of our favorites this year have been the flower shop, magic tree house and hunted house .
    You can see some videos here

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

      I love the ideas you have shared and your thoughts on Dramatic Play as well! I noticed your thumbnail wasn’t working properly so I reset your linky:) Now you have a nice pretty photo of your flower shop!!

  8. Laura January 16, 2012 at 7:34 am - Reply

    It must be fun managing your young employees. I like the activity. It is amazing knowing that our kids observe this much about what is happening in the office.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 16, 2012 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Haha – yes, my young employees are quite fun to manage!

  9. Michelle January 16, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    I can imagine how entertaining this activity can be. It must be so funny observing the kids imitate what they see in the office setting. It looks fun.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 16, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

      It is Michelle! At one point it looked like we had a telethon going on. That was super cute:)

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