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Block City & Train/City Centers

UncategorizedJared Kennedy1 Comment

“Dramatic play” centers like the "block city" & “train/city center” provide opportunities for children to recreate life experiences—exploring the roles of people and structures in their family and community.  This is the teacher’s opportunity to learn about the child, and relate the gospel to all of life.

Use the "Block City" Center:

  • Ask Questions: What are you building (tower, fire house, church, school)?  Where have you seen that kind of building before?  Have you ever been there?
  • Block buildings fall down.  Teach kids about how things in this world break, but God will build everything again so that it never falls down.
  • Kids knock down block buildings.  When this happens, encourage asking for and extending forgiveness.

Clean Up the "Block City" Center: Have the children straighten the blocks, and put toys in the box. train centerUse the Train/City Center:

  • Ask Questions: What are you building?  Have you ever traveled on a train? Where have you seen that kind of building before?  Have you ever been there?
  • Toy trains derail.  Tracks break.  Teach kids about how things in this world break, but God one day will make all things unbreakable.
  • Encourage sharing and cooperation.  When kids argue, encourage asking for and extending forgiveness. 

Clean Up the Train/City Center: Have the children put the tracks, cars, and buildings away in the center drawers.