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Dramatic Play for the Block Area


Safety vests, hard hats (real or toy), and carpenter aprons (child size are available
at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
Poster board and markers, photos of construction sites


1. Put safety vests, hard hats, and aprons in the block area to extend the reality
of the play.
2. Make construction signs, such as "Hard Hat Area" or "Construction Underway."
3. Hang the signs and photos of construction sites in the block area.
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Field Trip: To extend the activity, take a field trip to watch construction
underway, or ask employees from a hardware store to come in and demonstrate
how to use some tools.
Author note: Some employees from our local hardware store visited and helped
the children build a planter, and they gave everyone aprons. The children will
never forget it. You can also ask parents to come in and help the children build
Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds
Center: Blocks
Topic: Occupations
Content: The Arts: Dramatic Arts
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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