Preschool Classroom Dramatic Play (Home-living & Housekeeping)

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The dramatic play pretend area is often the place where the most imaginative and involved play occurs.


  • Understand and experience the adult world through imitation
  • Means to express feelings and emotions
  • Assist in better understanding their world
  • Experience a sense of power by imitating grown-ups
  • Develop creativity and imagination
  • Experience different roles
  • Improvision and symbolic use of items – abstract thinking

Supervision and Tips:

  • Observe and listen to the children’s behavior
  • Interact on the child’s eye level by sitting or kneeling
  • Encourage children to talk about what it is they are doing
  • Participate when invited ("tea party" guest, etc)
  • Help encourage socialization and social play
  • Avoid making yourself the focus of interest – excuse yourself when appropriate
  • Allow children to work out their difficulties and conflicts independently if at all possible
  • Do not have too many props in this area, or clean up can be overwhelming

Suggested Toys and Materials:

  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Cookware
  • Table/Chairs
  • Kitchen Furniture
  • Kitchen Items
  • Aprons
  • Vase and Flowers
  • Plastic Food
  • Empty Food Boxes
  • Broom, Dustpan
  • Dish Towel
  • Home Living Furniture
  • Phones
  • Family Themed Dress Up Clothes
  • Suitcases
  • Purses
  • Wallets
  • Dolls and Baby Items
  • Toiletries
  • Sponge Curlers
  • Old Hair Dryers - Cords Removed
  • Full Length Mirror
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Tool Belts
  • Tools and Tool Box

Learn to use prop boxes in dramatic play.
Click Here for tips on How to Set Up a Dramatic Play Area.