“Dramatic play” centers like the “kitchen center," "dollhouse," and "home/baby" centers 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.
Kitchen Center: Use the Center:
- Ask Questions: Do you like to help your mom and dad with chores? What do you help with? What is your favorite food? What kind of food are you making?
- When kids set the table to eat, ask them to pray before their “meal.”
- Encourage the kids to take turns and share at the table. When a child takes a toy from another, encourage asking for and extending forgiveness.
- Ask Questions: Do you want to be a mommy or daddy? What do mommy and daddy do each day? What do you do when you wake up? What do you do before you go to bed?
- Teach about Christian practices—prayer, Bible reading, meeting with the church—in the midst of their “home” routine.
- When a child takes a toy from another, encourage asking for and extending forgiveness.
Dollhouse: Clean Up: Have the children put dollhouse toys away in the designated basket.
- Ask Questions: Do you want to be a mommy or daddy? What do you want to name your baby? Who lives in this house? Can you feed the baby, burp it, and put it to bed? Can you rock the baby? Can you pray for the baby or sing to it?
- Teach about nurture, and help the children practice gentleness with the “little ones.”
Home/Baby Center: Clean Up: Have the children put the home center back in order. Put the toys away in the designated basket or doll crib.