(Unit 5) Topic 7: The Dramatic Play Learning Center
2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Organizing the Dramatic Play Center
Topic 7 Page 5
Choosing a Location
Ideally, the dramatic play area should be set up near other noisy areas, such as the block or art area. The center should not be located near quiet areas like the library area as this might disturb other students that are attempting to read.
The size of the dramatic play area will be dependent on the size of the overall classroom. Generally, the center will want to accommodate at least 3-4 children at a time. The space for dramatic play should be clearly defined to avoid dramatic play items from traveling to other centers. These expectations should be explained to children when the dramatic play center is introduced.
Deciding on Props
There are many materials that are traditionally included in the dramatic play area to enhance the learning experience. Here are just a few suggestions:
Monday - Friday 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm
Holidays 9 am – 8 pm