Dramatic Play and Construction Room

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This room is designed to provide opportunities for playing with peers, experiencing dramatic play, sharing materials, and cooperative building with peers. Social skills and cooperative living are encouraged in this room. This room provides a variety of choices each day.

Objectives of Dramatic Play

  • Social and Emotional Development:  opportunity to lead, promotes meaningful communication, negotiate roles and themes practice cooperation, expression of feelings
  • Cognitive Development:  use symbols to represent real objects, plan episodes, problem solve, promotes language development, promotes abstract thinking and creativity, enhances language skills
  • Physical Development:  develops muscle control and hand-eye coordination

Activities Available on a Daily Basis

Building and Construction Blocks

  • Cognitive Development: encourages problem solving, provides experience with math concepts, develops spatial relations, promotes abstract thinking, provides opportunity for creative expression
  • Physical Development:  develops fine muscle control and hand eye coordination
  • Social and Emotional Development:  promotes meaningful communication, encourages negotiation of turns, allows emotional release, promotes pride in accomplishment, gives opportunity to direct construction

Kitchen Area and McDonald’s

  • Dramatic Play:  leadership, expression, communication, negotiation, creativity, social skills, cooperation
  • Cognitive Development:  language skills, planning, problem solving, abstract thinking, symbolism
  • Physical Development:  muscle control – gross and fine motor skills

Dress Up

  • Dramatic Play:  leadership, expression, communication, negotiation, creativity, social skills, cooperation
  • Cognitive Development:  language skills, planning, problem solving, abstract thinking, symbolism
  • Physical Development:  muscle control – gross and fine motor skills

Reading Corner

  • Emotional Development:  quiet space for re-grouping, imagination
  • Cognitive Development:  pre-reading skills. language skills
  • Physical development:  muscle control – fine motor skills.  Books are to be developmentally appropriate for 2/3 year old and 4/5 year old classes

Drawing

  • Emotional Development:  expression, creativity
  • Cognitive Development:  pre-writing, spatial concepts
  • Physical Development:  muscle control – fine motor skills

Puzzles

  • Social Development:  cooperation, language development when done as group
  • Physical Development:  muscle control – fine motor skills
  • Puzzles are to be changed between 2/3 and 4/5 year old classes to be developmentally appropriate.  More difficult puzzles are to be given to advance children.

Dolls 

  • Dramatic Play:  leadership, expression, communication, negotiation, creativity, social skills, cooperation, accomplishment
  • Cognitive Development:  language skills, planning, problem solving, abstract thinking
  • Physical Development:  muscle control – fine motor skill

Cars

  • Dramatic Play:  leadership, expression, communication, negotiation, creativity, social skills, cooperation, accomplishment
  • Cognitive Development:  language skills, planning, problem solving, spatial relations
  • Physical Development:  muscle control – fine motor skills

Outside Play

  • Social and Emotional Development:  provides leadership opportunities, promotes cooperation, encourages meaningful communication, allows emotional release
  • Cognitive Development:  enhances language skills
  • Physical Development:  develops large motor skills, balance and hand-eye coordination

Available on a monthly basis:

  • Step-by-Step Cooking
    • Social and Emotional Development: promotes independence and self-esteem (children can complete the recipe without assistance), encourages trying new foods
    • Cognitive Development:  encourages paying attention to instruction, allows practical application of math concepts, provides opportunity to follow multi-step instructions
    • Physical Development:  develops fine muscle control and hand-eye coordination

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