Recently we were given some new kitchen furniture and accessories. This was like Christmas! New boxes to unpack, a kitchen set to assemble. I was like that parent who could not wait to watch her children as they found their gifts under the tree. I was so excited to see my little friends as they entered the classroom, seeing these gifts for the first time. I imagined how they’d learn through play in the dramatic play area.
Now I bet you are wondering what we got, right?
Disclosure: I was given the deluxe kitchen set and play accessories free of charge. However, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
Learn Through Play in the Dramatic Play Area
As soon as the kitchen set arrived, my husband and I drove over to my classroom to get it assembled before the children arrived. I was beyond excited to see their faces when they saw it the next morning!
The first thing they did was try out the ice maker. “Just like my house,” they commented.
We pulled out the pasta set, pretending to make dinner. They loved the different boxes of pasta, each containing felt pieces that look like the real thing.
They followed the directions on the pasta prep card and took turns placing everything on the table.
We practiced our slicing skills with the wooden play food set. As the knife pushed through the velcro that holds the pieces together, the food separated.
The table was set and friends gathered for their meal.
For dessert, the kitchen turned into a bakery. The cookies were removed from the tube and placed on the cookie tray.
They were carefully placed in the oven and the timer was set.
Because each child wanted to be the baker, we had to work on taking turns. It was a good lesson on being patient, that’s for sure!
The cookies were then removed from the tray and shared with friends. When I overheard “please” and “thank you”, I smiled. All our books and chats about manners had made an effect on them!
Well, today I am over at the Melissa & Doug blog sharing the benefits of dramatic play with toddlers and preschoolers. Come join me!