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Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6

Dramatic Play/Pretend & Play/House Corner




The Arts: Dramatic Arts




3 through 4 Years Old


Large Group

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pictures of waitresses and waiters
small notepads
pens and pencils
small table and chairs
poster board
markers and crayons


1. Talk with the children about waiters and waitresses and what they do in
restaurants. If possible, show them pictures. Place aprons, mini notepads, and
a table set with a vase, napkins, and chairs in the house center. Encourage the
children to play “restaurant” as desired.
2. Make a menu of all the children’s favorite foods. Ask the children to dictate
foods to put on the menu for the class restaurant. Write them on a piece of
poster board. Ask the children to think of what they might like to name the
class restaurant. Take a vote, and write the winning name at the top of the
menu. Encourage the children to illustrate the foods, if desired.
3. Ask the children to draw a picture of themselves and their family eating at
their favorite restaurant.
4. Have a “class restaurant day!” Send home invitations asking parents to come
to the class restaurant on a specific day. Also ask them to send in one of their
child’s favorite foods (from the class menu) on the big day. Copy the menu
onto smaller sheets of paper for parents to order from. Encourage the
children to “wait” on their parents!

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