If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that the dramatic play center is one of our very favorites! We change the center every month for about 2-3 weeks. The other 2 weeks it is a generic housekeeping center.
Now that we are all settled into a new school year, our first dramatic play center is a Restaurant. We like to do this one first because all of our students have been to restaurants and are familiar with them.
We often use different pieces of play equipment in creative ways to make the dramatic play center. In this restaurant, we turned our puppet theatre into a hostess station. The 2 signs are reversible.
The back of the puppet theatre has a basket with menus and ordering pads.
One of the most important parts of setting up a great dramatic play center is creating role play name tags. We find that with these name tags, our students are easily able to get into “character” and there is very little bickering about who gets to cook, who gets to run the cash register, and who gets to take the orders.
We have 3 sets of kid-friendly picture menus: Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert. They are laminated and we use a different menu each week to keep it interesting. The picture menus make it easy for the students to decide exactly what they want to eat.
The waiters take orders either on an ordering pad (from the office supply store) or on these little order forms that we copy to coordinate with each menu.
To make the tables in our housekeeping center look more like a restaurant, we add table cloths, jars of silk flowers, and table numbers. In the dress-up closet, we add aprons and chef’s hats. This chef is serving food directly to the table.
Our students love this center. Even my own children come home from elementary school and want to play restaurant at the preschool!
All of the signs, menus, and order forms are available in this set. We’d love to see pictures of your class playing restaurant too! Post them on our Facebook page!!
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