Our Dramatic play area has been transformed into a baby nursery this week! A few of our students have new babies at home, and another couple are going to welcome new siblings soon. It seems like a great time to introduce this center.
Babies sure come with their own set of gear! We made this vocabulary wall for the students’ reference. They can use it when they are writing or drawing about babies.
Here is a little nook where the students can rock and read stories to their babies. Pretending to read is an important emergent skill! The baskets are full of board books (which are not usually in our classroom library).
We need a whole wall of stroller parking! Having wheeled toys indoors can be challenging. It is definitely important that we talk about keeping our babies safe by walking them in the strollers, and not running them around the room. When we do go outdoors to play, the students are allowed to take their babies out too.
A couple of our favorite books about babies are Julius: Baby of the World and Alligator Baby. They are perfect for introducing this center to the students.
So, what do you think? Are the preschoolers playing or learning at this new dramatic play center? Is it possible that there is no difference? (My opinion is here, and I would love to hear yours too.)
Have fun playing and learning with your child today!