Try some imaginative ideas for setting up an Imagination Station in your house!
Let the countdown to Halloween begin!
Like many kindergarten teachers, I like to set up dramatic play centers around the classroom to tie into holidays, seasons or other things we’re learning about. With Halloween just around the corner and on the mind of every kindergartner, it’s a perfect time to decorate a new play center.
In my classroom I call the dramatic play area our Imagination Station. Pretend play learning is all about relating to other people, so I encourage the children to really focus their minds and imaginations as they take on the roles of others.
The imagination stations we create throughout the year incorporate numerous objectives from the kindergarten curriculum. Just like in the real world, our pretend play tasks require us to draw on reading, writing, math and science skills. For example, when the children act out a restaurant scene, they read menus, write down orders, add up costs and communicate with each other. Research shows that children use a much higher level of vocabulary when they are acting out roles. I especially love how creative they can be when making and adding props to each imagination center.
Ready to set up an Imagination Station at home? Here are a few ideas to try:
Whatever you decide to play, remember to have writing materials handy to encourage literacy, including clipboards, notebooks, pencils, pens, post-it notes, magazines, mail, books, and boxes.
One of the keys to motivating young children is to make learning fun. Halloween is the perfect time for setting up an Imagination Station at your home—so don’t delay, encourage more play!
What other pretend play places does your child enjoy? How will your child’s Halloween costume inspire dramatic play at your house?