Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Part 1
- Grades: PreK–K
Ever get one of those catalogs in the mail from a company that sells really cool, but expensive, teaching materials? Me, too. Ever been able to afford much of it? Me, neither. Here are some ways to incorporate literacy into your housekeeping and grocery store dramatic play centers without breaking the bank.
Literacy in Your Kindergarten Housekeeping Center
The cheapest way to get labels for your kindergarten housekeeping center is to make them yourself. To have your literacy labels printed, try the inexpensive Vistaprint. Print your own literacy labels with a DYMO label maker, or use label sheets and free templates from sites like Avery or Online Labels to print literacy labels with your laser or inkjet printer.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Lists and Forms
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Clocks and Calendars
To get free printable lists and forms, calendars, and growth charts to use as literacy items for your kindergarten housekeeping center, visit Nick Jr.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Telephones and Mail
Everyone gets mail they don't need. Use some of your own junk mail as literacy items for your kindergarten housekeeping center. If you don't get enough on your own, ask around. Or put a stack of envelopes in the center and have the kids mail what they want. As you can see, I also put an old telephone in my housekeeping center.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Baby Products and Baby Toys
Travel-size versions of baby products, like baby wipes, baby powder, baby oil, and baby shampoo, for your kindergarten housekeeping center are easy enough to come by. If you want to include baby toys, go to Scholastic's toy store, Back to Basics Toys.
You can get books, videos, and music as literacy items for your kindergarten housekeeping center just about anywhere. To get them cheap, go to dollar stores, garage and yard sales, thrift stores, or your local library. Also try Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine, Little Scholastic baby books, or this bedtime stories booklist. At Amazon, you can find magazines, books, and videos about home life, parenting, and families for your kindergarten housekeeping center. Look for http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/music/598394/ref=pd_nr_m_nav " target="_blank" title="Music for kindergarten literacy centers">lullabies with literacy packaging (including lullaby renditions — Rockabye Baby! and Cradle Rock — of famous rock songs) that also help develop oral language skills.
Literacy in Your Kindergarten Grocery Store Center
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Food Labels and Packaging
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Name Tags
To make a conveyer belt for your kindergarten grocery store center, wrap black butcher paper around a rectangular table, tape the ends of the paper together, and keep pulling to make it move just like a real conveyer belt!
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Shopping Bags
You'll find free printable signs, coupons, price tags, receipts, and lists as literacy items for your kindergarten grocery store center at Nick Jr., Ernst & Young, About Homeschooling, Free Printables, Free Stuff 4 Kids, and Printables4Kids.
As you can see, there are more ways — and cheaper ways — to incorporate literacy into your centers than you might have thought. How do you use literacy in your kindergarten housekeeping and grocery store dramatic play centers?
Have a dramatic weekend!
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