Inside: Providing dramatic play activities is a great way to engage toddlers and preschoolers in role playing. Social skills are strengthened as the children interact with one another, too!
Let’s hear it for play! These dramatic play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers are open ended and fun!
Pretend play is an important part of children’s development. They learn by imagining and doing. If you stand back and observe children involved in pretend play, they are often mimicking what they’ve seen adults do. We take all of this into consideration when planning what to place in our dramatic play area.
- How will it be meaningful?
- What props will work best?
- How should it be organized?
The dramatic play area is also a great place to build communication skills, also. Dialogue is created as children are part of the pretend play.
In this post I’ve selected over 25 different dramatic play activities that can be done anytime of the year.
Scroll down towards the bottom of this post to find my FREE printables for the dramatic play area!
Before I begin sharing this collection, it’s important for new teachers to know that they do not need to change out their dramatic play center with each theme. It takes time to build a collection of materials (see our favorites at the end of this post). You can easily keep your dramatic play area stocked with a few staples.
Dramatic Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
The Garden Shop (Pre-Kinders)
Honeybee Stand (Planning Playtime)
Movie Theater (Research Parent)
Zoo Animals (Teaching Mama)
Bird’s Nest (Creekside Learning)
What’s the Weather? (Pre-K Pages)
Space (Catch a Star Ideas)
Spaghetti Shop (Where Imagination Grows)
Ice Cream Shop (Learning 4 Kids)
Chinese Restaurant (Pre-K Pages)
Bakery (Pre Kinders)
The Taco Bar (The Mama Workshop)
Donut Shop (Sara J Creations)
Doll Diaper Station (Happy Hooligans)
Our Babies (Teach Preschool)
Baby Nursery (Pre-K Pages)
Making Pancakes (The Imagination Tree)
Hair Salon (Pre-K Pages)
Pet Grooming Salon (Sunny Day Family)
Grocery Store (Paper and Glue)
Clothing Store (Pre-K Tweets)
Free Printables for Dramatic Play
Click on the photos for the free pdf download:
You can find more dramatic play activities on my Pinterest board.
More toddler and preschool centers resources:
- Our Favorite Toddler Learning Centers and How to Set Them Up
- How to Set Up Preschool Learning Centers
Most popular videos about toddler and preschool centers:
- How to Set Up Learning Centers
- How to Handle Preschoolers Not Using Certain Centers
- Tips on Managing the Toddler and Preschool Block Center
- Putting Together Table Activities During Centers Time