dramatic play center

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  1. ksavage

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    Hi. I am currently a student trying to get my teaching degree. I need to set up a creative dramatic play center. Since it is February and dental health month, I want to set up a dentist office but am not sure what to include. If any one has any ideas or has done this before I would appreciate any help. Thank you.

    Kellie
     
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    I would have books on teeth. I would put in the game of crockadile dentist. That is all I could think of. I would also probably not do a dentist type deal because the children would put so much stuff into their mouths and I have some kids that do that anyway but I would tend to think that a dentist office would encourage more of that.
     
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    I tend to agree about the mouth thing. I'd not encourage kids to put anything in their mouths, or in a classmates' mouth.

    We usually do a post office in February, since everyone is "sending" Valentines to each other. We don't put anything outwardly Valentine-y in it, though. If you want a list of what we use in our post office center, post again, and I'll post it.
    Kim
     
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    Cut egg cartons in half (the bumpy egg-holding side). Kids use string to practice flossing teeth with the egg carton resembling the teeth.
     
  6. ksavage

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    Kim,

    I would love to get a list of what you include in your post office center. Thank you.

    Kellie
     
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    Stickers that look like stamps. Ink stamps to cancel the stamps. Valentine mail boxes. Play money to buy stamps. Cash register. Pencils. This is a start.
     
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    Hi! I am a senior in an early childhood education program and we were required to do the same project last year. For the dentist center i would go to a dentist's office and see what they can donate, samples etc. also you can find all kinds of things from the dollar stores.
    another suggestion-use books on dental health and activities to go along with the books. search teacher sites in order to find units...i know many sites that provide entire units on topics like that!
    good luck and email me if u need anything else!
     
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    Here's what I have in my post office center:
    a big chart with the "prices" for mailing things
    packages of various sizes, wrapped in kraft paper
    cash register
    stickers that look like stamps
    a real mailbox (the kind you'd use outside of your house, on a post)
    play money
    stickers that look like stamps
    rubber stamps for canceling stamps
    "uniforms" (really, just plain navy polo-type shirts and navy caps)
    mail bags (navy canvas bags from the craft store)
    lots of envelopes
    paper, postcards, cheap-o valentines, etc.
    a caddy of writing implements, staplers, paper clips, tape
    a "sorter" (it's an empty box from a class pack of crayons that the kids pretend to sort the letters into)
    books about how a post office works

    Kim
     
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    If you need any other ideas, I'm in a program where we have to change our dramatic play into a new setting each month. Here are some of the other things we do:

    a birthday party
    a holiday party
    a restaurant
    a grocery store
    a farm
    an airplane (my least favorite)
    a vet's office (my students' favorite every year)
    a regular house
    a hospital

    Kim
     
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    So, when you change your setting each month, do you then take out everything you don't want and store it somewhere? For instance, when you do the vet (I'm wanting to try that) I would take out all the dolls, food (except pet related), pots & pans, clothes, etc??
     
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    I want to thank everyone for thier help and replying to this. Thank you so much. It was such a help.

    Kellie
     
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    When we do the vet center, I turn the fridge on it's side and use it as the "exam table." I stuff as much food, pots, pans, dishes, baby dolls, etc in the fridge and tape it closed. If I can't fit it all, I put it in another area of the house set (like the stove) and tape that shut, too. I also have a big box that is for all the excess props. Our custodian will store the table/chairs for me if I don't need those.
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    Since this post, I have done an airplane and a vet office. We had only had our dramatic play area as a house since school started, I had never thought of changing it before. The children love the new centers, and I really like making the change every few weeks.

    Next I want to try Birthday Party. Kim, what do you do for that? I think I'll hang some crepe paper in that center area, and maybe get some balloons (hopefully those mylar ones with helium will last a while). I've ordered one of those plastic birthday cakes from a school supply store, It's like the pizza's - with velcro between the slices. Anyone have other ideas??

    Thanks!
     
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    *****Packages. Cover boxes with wrapping paper. Cover the lid and the bottom of the box separately. So the lid just pulls up and opens. Put a gift in each box.
    *****"Happy Birthday"--- Books to read. Have a bean bag and basket of birthday books.. Examples: Corduroy's Birthday by Don Freeman, Spot's Birthday by Eric Hill, Garfield's Birthday Surprise by Jim Davis, Jimmy's Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash by Trinka Noble, A Birthday Present for Mama by Nicole Lorian, Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch. During read aloud you pick a book from the center basket and read it to the class.
    *****Puzzle corner --- Puzzle of a birthday cake and other birthday related puzzles.
    ******Decorations ----Small picture in a plastic frame of a birthday cake. A picture of some balloons with Happy Birthday on them. Maybe if you have a digital camera take a picture of your center and frame it.
     
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    hescollin, I LOVED your ideas, especially the packages, I didn't think of that!! The kids will love being able to put different things in the boxes! I didn't understand what you meant in the line above though, could you please explain. Thanks!
     
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    For birthday balloons used deflated mylar balloons and make a bouquet on the wall. Also you could create a flat birthday cake and candles to reinforce counting. I have on that is a file folder game. You could also bring in some cake mix boxes (empty of course), a special baking pan that fits in the oven and they could create their own cake. Maybe using white paper as frosting and makers with detailed tips for decorations.
     
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    Re read my post. I didn't explain my thoughts the first time.

    I like including the file folder games here are some links to free file folder games.At this site you will find 38 file folder games.
    www.enchantedlearning.com in search put file folder games

    www.preschoolprintables.com

    http://www.ourschoolfamily.com/Literacy Props.htm

    http://www.littlegiraffes.com/storyprops1.html

    http://www.state.ar.us/childcare/coloring.html
    http://www.childcareland.com/filefoldergames.html
    http://www.education.com/common/res...h/971006km.html
    http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec...ard/Matrix.html
    http://www.nuttinbutkids.com/filefolder.htm
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/filefoldergames/
    http://kootweb.com/games.html
    http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/games.html
    http://www.preschoolprintables.com/...ilefolder.shtml
    http://www.teachingheart.net/primar...rtimesaver.html
    http://daycare.about.com/cs/printablegames/index.htm
    http://www.webeans.net/hutt/ffgames.htm
    http://208.183.128.3/tutorials/gameboard.htm

    www.teachersdesk.org
    It is designed for grades 5/6 but all the activities can be adapted for other grades. There are tons of ideas for file folder games (though they aren't labeled as such) and portable centers. I just browsed through the spelling activities and games and they are great. Lots of things you can copy to Word and print out.

    When I made file folder games, I put a 6x8 envelope on the back and a sticker with my name so when they left our room they would find the way home again. I laminated the folders and pieces and put the pieces in a zip lock bag. It is much easier for students to get the bag out than lots of pieces.
     
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    I've done the Birthday Party theme in our dramatic play center for a few weeks now, the kids LOVE it and I've gotten lots of complimnets from parents and other teachers.

    Now, For the next several weeks our units are Gardening, Plants & Flowers and then Insects. Any ideas what I can turn my dramatic play center into that might go along with at least one of the themes...and be fun for the kids??
     
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    I remember as a child playing a game using bug parts and building a bug. I can't remeber the name of it, but they would love making a bug. It had a body, legs, eyes, a head and etc.

    Do you have a sand table? Plant artificial flowers.

    Make and hang in a window by the play center. Materials: 1 knee high pantyhose foot/student ----soil
    -----rye grass seeds (can get at any nursery-cheap)----string----mugs ---various beads, toothpicks, etc. to decorate grass heads

    Drape the foot of the pantyhose into a mug, folding the top edges around the rim of the mug to hold the hose in place. Drop a generous amount of rye seeds in the bottom of the hose. Top with enough soil to make a small ball, the size of a tennis ball. Take the pantyhose off the mug and shake until the soils falls all the way to the bottom of the hose. Gather the top of the panty hose and tie with string to form a ball. Cut off any extra pantyhose. Put the grass heads in a shallow container and water generously. Continue to water daily until the grass hair begins to grow. After the hair has grown, the kids can decorate the heads with beads, toothpicks for earrings, etc. The cutest thing...you can gather a small portion of soil, tie w/ string, forming a small ball for the nose.
     
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    For our spring theme, which included flowers, etc, I turned out dramatic play center in to a flower shop. I went to Michael's and bought a bunch of silk flowers. I put these in the dramatic play center with bags, coffee cans, cups, etc. The kids go shopping for flowers and make flower arrangements. They LOVE it! They could stay there all day. Not only does this reinforce colors, but also math. I'd ask them, can you make an arrangement with 2 red flowers and 2 white flowers? How many flowers do we have then? They also started learning the names of some flowers through this center. Also, I turned our sand table in to a gardening table. I put some of the silk flowers in to the table. I also put some plastic bugs and gardening tools. The kids LOVE that one too. The love to pretend they are planting flowers and growing a garden.

    I'm about to embark on a bird unit. Does anyone have any ideas for dramatic play center or something I could change my sand table in to for a bird theme? Thanks for any ideas!!
     

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