Dramatic play/ role play whatever you want to call is the pinnacle of play based learning. There is so much learning involved while playing .These posts on Scholastic and on Crayon Freckles sum up clearly the importance and benefits of role play.
Here we have gathered a number of general role play ideas which have many elements to encourage reading, writing, doing simple math. Under each general idea we have collected numerous ways to set up the same dramatic play.
Choose the one which appeals to you and surprise your child with a fun role play setup. The reason for including many links for the same idea is the multiple differences in details. It could be the same flower shop or same picnic or school , but different blogs have varying focus on the same play idea. Please pay attention to the details in each link and you should have a fair idea on how to create a resourceful play scene. Of course, you can always completely forget about play based learning and just play!
I have categorized the tons of ideas in the post below in 4 MAIN categories for easy reading.
Thank you for including Pre-K Pages on your list!
Great list! We love dramatic play at our house…pinning!
Yeah. We are big fans of dramatic play as well. Most are spontaneous kid-initiated ones and some are the ones I set up for them as an after school surprise. Hope you find something fun in there. Thanks for the pin
What a great round up. Pinned and shared. Thanks for including The Good Long Road. I will definitely be using this list as a resource.
Jen – I’ll say it again your cookie sheet laptop is so clever. I like all your simple, fun activities you do with your son.
Thank you so much for including Growing A Jeweled Rose- great collection!
Crystal- You had too many cool ones. I had a hard time picking.
Super list! Thanks for including us 🙂
Valerie- Your door to door salesman dramatic play is super fun. Very new idea to me. I’m itching to try it soon with my kids.
What a fun list! Thanks for including me. 🙂
Ofcourse – your office play idea was brimming with so many play based learning opportunities.