When we added a pizzeria to our dramatic play area, my co-teacher put together a pizza kit out of felt. I knew it was going to be a hit, and, of course, it was!
“Dramatic play is defined by experts as a type of play where children assign and accept roles and act them out.” (Source)
When we plan our dramatic play curriculum, we make sure it somehow connects to our preschoolers‘ experiences. It is much more meaningful when they have actually experienced it in real life, or at least when we have read books and had conversations during circle time.
To make the felt pizza kit:
My co-teacher cut circles that were the same size as pizza cardboard circles and then added the extra “ingredients”. Very simple!
The accessories for our pizzeria:
My co-teacher went to our local pizza place and asked for cardboard circles and pizza boxes, and menus, too. They were happy to donate! We added rolling pins from our play dough center and a cash register.
More dramatic play pizzeria ideas:
Add printable props to your pizzeria.
Put an awning on your pizza shop.
Let the children make their own cardboard pizza.
Make your own props for your pizzeria.
Don’t forget to label your parmesan cheese containers!
Pretend play props:
More ideas for preschoolers:
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