Do you need a fun summer activity for your classroom or homeschool? A dramatic play area offers children the chance to play while expanding their literacy, numeracy, communication and social skills- and they don't even know it!
In this post I will show you tips and tricks on how to use and set up a surf shop themed dramatic play area using my dramatic play surf shop set. This set comes in both English and French- the pictures below are from the French version but the English version is the same.
Some of the items included in the set are the open/closed signs, a recipe for lemonade, a menu for surfside snacks and an ordering sheet. I love how students can practice reading and following procedures even if they are making pretend lemonade!
In addition to surfside snacks, there is also a surf shop and rental shop where customers can purchase different beach items. This is where you may need to find or ask for donated items that can be used. In this case we made our own leis which was a fun craft add-on. I love how my students got practice with using money and trying to add up totals. A customer who bought this product said it was great for using as a money centre for older grades!
If your students, like mine, need a little physical activity in their play there are also stations to sign up for hula lessons, surf lessons and a sandcastle competition (a great way to include your sensory bin)! I bought grass skirts from the dollar store and we cut out a large surfboard from a cardboard box and painted it. If you notice in the pictures there are job badges for every station from cashiers to instructors to sandcastle judges. I like to laminate and string the name tags for students to wear, if you don't have a job tag you need to wait your turn to get in to the center!
Throw in some beach towels, chairs and sand toys and your students will have a blast!
Click the photo to check out everything included in the set- there is more than I have room to mention!