Learning centers are a great way to "set the stage" for dramatic play with the setting, props, and even costumes. In this dramatic play learning center, children can pretend to be vets by helping their stuffed animals. Through dramatic play, children gain social-emotional skills, language and oral skills, motor skills, confidence, and more. Get the book The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6 for fresh new learning center ideas from teachers who have used them in their own classrooms!
- chairs and desks
- stuffed animals
- books or magazines
- date book
- clipboard with pencil
- posters of doctors, pets, and so on
- play medical tools (stethoscope, blood pressure pump, thermometer,
- and other tools)
- nurse and doctor jackets, surgery scrubs, and shoe covers
- stretch bandages and tongue depressors for splints
- small plastic bandages
What To Do
- Set up a reception area with chairs, desk, and office equipment.
- Behind the reception area, arrange medical diagnosis, treatment, and surgery areas.
- Explain to the children what the areas are used for. For example, in the reception area, they may wait their turn, schedule appointments, and pay for services.
- Encourage the children to take on different roles, such as pet owner, receptionist, doctor, and nurse.