Prop Boxes are fun! Playing Pizza Shop is great anytime (especially during National Pizza Month – October). It is simple to put together a Pizza Shop Prop Box.
Just grab a tote/container, and collect the following items. Menus, Order forms, and felt pizza can all be made very easily. Click Here for tote label that you can laminate and tape on the tote. Prop boxes are meant to invoke the imagination of children. Providing prop boxes with basic items for dramatic play can be very beneficial for children.
|Empty Pizza Boxes
||Aprons & Hats
||Toy Pizza Cutter
||Felt Pizza Set
Also, add table cloths, plates, forks, napkins, open/closed signs, etc.
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Benefits of Dramatic Play:
Intellectual and Physical Benefits
Play is the work of children, and through play children benefit intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. The benefits of play for children’s intellectual growth are numerous. As children play out the situations in their lives (or in their pretend lives), they are met with situations they do not understand. As they approach the situations and attempt to make sense of them in the context of their own lives, they practice problem-solving skills and build new knowledge. Children grow physically as they rearrange (gross motor) the large elements (table, chairs, cradle) of the interest area and as they manipulate (fine motor) contents (food boxes, dolls, clothes, and hats) of the interest area.
Social and Emotional Benefits
Perhaps the greatest opportunities for growth through dramatic play are in the areas of social and emotional development. In a situation where children feel safe and protected, they can play out situations that are troubling them. As children are negotiating all the situations inherent in dramatic play in a group setting, they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. Dramatic play is absolutely open-ended, and through this nature of open-endedness, children cannot fail. They just grow and learn according to where they are in their own development.
(Excerpt from Dramatic Play: A Daily Requirement for Children)