Creating a Kingdom/Castle themed Dramatic Play Center

Hello/Bonjour!

Today I want to show you how I set up a kingdom/castle themed dramatic play center. 

I love dramatic play areas as they are an excellent way to foster communication, socialization, imagination and literacy/math skills. 

There are many items I have sourced over the years to bring out when I create this center, those items include:
*fabric for capes
*plastic crowns
*old Halloween costumes for Princess/Prince or knight
*stuffed dragon/horses
*jewels for sensory bin

Items I invite the students to create each year: 

*flags and banners
*magic wands
*cardboard or paper swords/shields
*dragon masks and tails
*paper crowns 

To make a castle I usually paint the cardboard a solid colour then I use sponges dipped in a different colour paint to sponge on the brick pattern. The students love to help with these steps. If you have a parent or student volunteer you could set them up with supervising this activity. There are hundreds of castle designs you can find on Pinterest to suit your time and space availability. I have a large piece of blue fabric (you could also use a tarp) that I lay down under the castle to serve as a pretend moat. I like to try to cut out a drawbridge and attach it to the castle so it can be pulled up and down. 

Here are some pictures of the items I use in my castle center from my dramatic play set to support extra literacy and math practice.  The pictures show a mixture of both the English and French versions of the product. 

Open/Closed signs let students know when the center is open for play. 

Open/Closed signs let students know when the center is open for play. 

Students can create their own kingdom maps-I like to laminate the pieces so they can be re-used and have sticky tack on the back so the pieces don't move during play.

Students can create their own kingdom maps-I like to laminate the pieces so they can be re-used and have sticky tack on the back so the pieces don't move during play.

This sign can be put up in the center and allows students to learn more information while playing  (I did fix the missing accent in the product).

This sign can be put up in the center and allows students to learn more information while playing  (I did fix the missing accent in the product).

Dramatic Play does not only re-inforce literacy and communication skills but can include math practice as well.  There are receipts included that can be used in the castle store. 

Dramatic Play does not only re-inforce literacy and communication skills but can include math practice as well.  There are receipts included that can be used in the castle store. 

Fun signs allow for extra literacy practice. 

Fun signs allow for extra literacy practice. 

There are many areas you can incorporate into the dramatic play center to expand the fun to be had! 

There are many areas you can incorporate into the dramatic play center to expand the fun to be had! 

Alphabet cards can be used in a sensory bin or hid around the classroom. A search for the letter activity is included in the set. Students have to find the letter with the golden crown.

Alphabet cards can be used in a sensory bin or hid around the classroom. A search for the letter activity is included in the set. Students have to find the letter with the golden crown.

To find more information on this set check out the English or French version. There are many more activities inside including wanted posters, job tags, templates for banners and flags, word wall cards, castle job descriptions, checklists and store receipts. 

I hope this post inspires you to set-up your own kingdom/castle themed center!

Let me know in the comments if you have used this center before in your classroom and what has worked for you!

Penny