Learning Goals: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Mutually-Directed Play
What did this class do?
The educator introduced the students to the idea of creating a restaurant in their dramatic play centre.
As a class, the educator and students discussed what they would find in a restaurant as well as brainstormed the features and materials needed to create their restaurant centre.
Next, the educator used classroom resources and found materials for the students to create menus, signs, and money.
With the support of the educator, the children took on various roles in the restaurant such as customers, servers, or chefs.
The educator integrated literacy into the restaurant by supporting children in writing menus, signs, and receipts. To facilitate their writing, the educator helped children reference classroom resources, such as a word wall to identify common words, and the alphabet to help identify letter sounds.
Plates, cutlery, bowls and other tableware
Play kitchen and accessories
Cardboard, construction paper, markers and crayons
Why is it Collaborative Play?
Both the educator and children shared control over the direction and outcome of creating and playing in the restaurant.
The educator initiated this play context with the children based off their interest in restaurants.