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
*old Halloween costumes for Princess/Prince or knight
*jewels for sensory bin
Items I invite the students to create each year:
*flags and banners
*cardboard or paper swords/shields
*dragon masks and tails
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.
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!