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  1. menus
  2. small tables and chairs
  3. trays
  4. cash register
  5. play money
  6. pads of paper
  7. pencils
  8. pretend kitchen area
  9. pretend food
  10. plates and utensils
  11. posters of food
  12. basket of books about food and nutrition


  1. Set up your area to resemble a restaurant. Add the materials from the above list.
  2. Introduce the children to words such as "menu," "order," "cook," "waitress," "waiter," and "tips."
  3. Sit in the "restaurant" and let the children serve you. Take turns and wait on them as well.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center: Dramatic Play/Pretend & Play/House Corner
Topic: Occupations
Content: The Arts: Dramatic Arts
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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