Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Pizza Parlor

Dramatic play is a very important aspect of childhood education. Dramatic play allows children to try on various roles, communicate with their peers, build vocabulary and much more. Dramatic play is a HUGE part of our program. The pizza parlor is a fun center. We have had this center for two years. I was inspired by an exhibit at the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal, Illinois.

With a few props you can create your own pizza parlor at home. We have two sets of the Melissa and Doug Pizza Party Set. I love Melissa and Doug toys. These wooden toys are durable and child friendly. You can find these toys on the web or locally at the School House on Glen Avenue.

I used a large cardboard box to create a pizza oven. We provide plates, glasses, small soda bottles, phones (for delivery, of course), Parmesan, a clip board for taking orders and menus. You can see the menu has words and picture clues for the children to read. The pizza parlor will be open for another week and then will close for the season.