We are going to turn your Playroom or living room into a zoo today. Your Lil’ will absolutely love the opportunity to play zookeeper. Don’t forget to grab yesterday’s zookeeper hat to really get into character. 

We talked a few times about the importance of dramatic play but I wanted to give another perspective on it today. As an upper-grade elementary teacher I worked on writing with my students a lot and I noticed that they frequently felt like they didn’t know what to write about. While I totally understand that writer’s block is normal, I love the idea that dramatic play allows our Lil’s to come up with scenarios and create that story in their head which is great practice for when they’re old enough to turn around and write creatively. So not only is dramatic play great for problem-solving, it is also a great opportunity for a little to work on their creative writing skills even though they won’t actually be putting these imaginative ideas down on paper. 

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Drama

  • Engage in pretend play
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use a phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Drama

  • Engage in pretend play to represent known and make-believe situations
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use the phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them
  • Coordinate the dramatization of a play with props and roles

Required Materials

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Cardboard Boxes

*Yarn

*Stuffed Animals

*Scissors

Step #1

Collect some boxes to turn into the exhibits.

Cut the box so that it only has the four sides and the bottom, kind of like the bottom half of a shoe box.  

Step #2

Cut four or five holes through the top and bottom of your box.

Step #3

String yarn through the holes and tie at each end.

Step #4

Place one of your Lil’s stuffed animals or some of your animal figurines into the exhibit.

Step #5

Place three or four of these in your living room and invite your little to come play zookeeper.

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