Creating an inviting space where preschoolers will want to play and learn is exactly what will happen when utilizing backdrops in the dramatic play center. Watch as an ordinary corner of the classroom is transformed into a bakery, pumpkin patch, or even an astronaut school with just the addition of a simple vinyl backdrop.
Creating the Perfect Dramatic Play Center with Backdrops
Setting up a dramatic play center may seem like a cumbersome task, but it doesn’t have to be! When thinking about creating a new center, consider the theme – what types of props are needed, how will literacy and math be included, and what supplemental decorations could add to the students’ experience?
Using simple vinyl backdrops is one of the easiest ways to bring a dramatic play center to life. Able to be hung in seconds, folded and stored easily for year after year use, and relatively inexpensive, these dramatic play backdrops will essentially transform the space.
Ice Cream Parlor
The post office dramatic play center is a bustling area where students can write letters, buy and sell stamps, sort the mail, weigh the packages, and deliver the letters! The addition of a brick wall backdrop adds an industrial feel that will have the students begging for more time to play and explore.
This autumn window backdrop with its colorful leaves is the perfect decor for the kitchen area. It really brightens up the area when there it is simply a home living area!
Hot Drink Café
Happiness will abound while playing in this colorful flower shop dramatic play center. Bring the outside in by hanging a floral vinyl backdrop that matches the items in the shop. Students are sure to enjoy this bright and sunny center.
A birthday party dramatic play center is perfect for the beginning of the year because students already know “how to” do a birthday party. It’s also the perfect center for any time you need something quick. Just add party hats, plates, and this beautiful backdrop then let the preschoolers play!
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The Benefits of Dramatic Play
The dramatic play center can quickly become the favorite space in a preschool classroom. It allows for children’s minds to imagine, create, role-play, and more. While some adults would simply view it as “play,” we must remember that this is where learning happens!
- Students learn to work with others, take turns, and communicate with peers.
- Vocabulary is practiced in real-life settings.
- Literacy is authentic and has a purpose.
- Math skills are utilized through sorting and counting.