Accessorize your Dramatic Play

Do your children love to play pretend?  Pretend play is often called children’s play, this activity fills up a child’s day from the time they are infants to about the age of eight. As children play they are acquiring and practicing a variety of skills and gaining knowledge in such areas as social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. Dramatic play activities engages a child’s mind so they can build meaningful understandings of their environment. We can easily promote dramatic play or make-believe play by providing time and material for dramatic play. Here are some great ways to promote dramatic play in your child’s environment.

In my dramatic play area, which the children and I call our “home living area.” I have my everyday basics, that remain unchanging in this area, this would be real pots and pans, spoons, plates, play food, dress up clothes, phones, keys, key boards, remotes, babies and baby stuff, tools and doctor stuff.  I then use small prop boxes to enhance or accessorize my dramatic play area every few days.


Here are some ideas that are quick and easy, for this wintry season.

Winter is the Season

  • Hats, mittens, gloves and scarves.  Since, there seems to be snow just about everywhere now and more on the way. This is a great one to let them act out, some of what they might have done outside either with you or at home.  I have also used my art trays, and my inflatable donuts that double as pretend sleds. A pile of pillows for jumping and rolling. This is going to include a lot of movement, so be sure to have plenty of space for them to move about.  If you do have some of the white stuff hanging around outside, put it in a large plastic container and bring it in.
              • Valentine’s Day
  • Valentine’s day is just around the corner.  Keep out your pens, pencils, crayons and stickers and as many valentines day cards and envelopes as you can find. Put them in a small box in your dramatic play. (I would suggest limiting how much you give out each day. I do, because I have a few children that would use up everything in a very short amount of time.) I use empty tissue boxes that can be decorated as mailboxes and use them for this activity. Can you say “MAAAAIIILLL!” You can even use a large box for a mail car.
              • Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras, is a time for beads, masks and crowns. Oh, don’t forget the plastic coins. Many of the masks and crowns can be made, with construction paper or paper plates.  Check out DLTK’s Mardi Gras masks.  They will be fun to make and have days of enjoyment.  Much of this can also be picked up cheaply at your local dollar store or can be ordered at the oriental trading company.

Prop Boxes can enhance a theme-based dramatic play center. Some of the most popular prop boxes, can be easily put together like these; doctor box, baby play, construction time, and in the kitchen.

Please share some of your favorite winter prop boxes.

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