The Power of Play and Pretending

You know we truly believe in the power of play and pretending for young children. Peter Gray from Free to Learn said, “Play, in all its varieties taken together, works to build us into fully functioning, effective human beings.” Today I’d like to share with you how I use books for a literary connection in my dramatic play center.
After reading Having Fun Pretending(what could be more perfect for The Fun Factory?) from Hameray’s, My World, Having Fun Series, we discuss the many ways to pretend. We talk about what it meansto pretend. After reading the book, we talk about what we would do if we pretended to be a ____ (princess, Ninja Turtle, cook, vet, etc.). The book goes into our dramatic play center after we have discussed the subject of pretending. No matter what the center is set up to be, the book stays for the children to refer to.
Have FUN! Turn your Dramatic Play center into something other than a Home center.
                         Fun at the Vet Center!

For more ideas to use in the Dramatic Play center, check this out!
Dramatic Play Theme Kits ~Vet, Restaurant, Eye Doctor, Airport
Til’ next time!

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