Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Part 2
- Grades: PreK–K
Our kindergarten bakery center is called "Easy Bake Shop," and everything on the menu my students can actually make in the Easy-Bake Oven or toaster oven. We also have pretend food for those who only want to pretend to eat. Because we do real cooking, this center requires adult supervision. But the kids would all agree it's worth it. As a bonus, the kindergarten bakery center also includes a good deal of math.
Literacy in Your Kindergarten Bakery Center
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Signs
Come up with a name for your kindergarten bakery center by visiting Named At Last, and get ideas for a logo at The Logo Factory. To make signs for your kindergarten bakery center, you can get some professional-looking clip art right in Microsoft Word.
The images I used for the menu in my kindergarten bakery center came right off Google Images. I do not own the copyrights to the images.
You can find official recipes for the Easy-Bake Oven on its official site. For more affordable, longer-lasting recipes to use in your kindergarten bakery center, try EBO Recipes, Budget 101, eHow, or Cooking With Kids.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Ingredients, Timers, and Measuring Supplies
Almost everyone has these in their kitchen. Even if you don't have your students actually make anything, you can provide more literacy for your students just by putting a few food boxes, ingredients, and cooking supplies in your kindergarten bakery center.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Name Tags
If you don't want to make business cards for your kindergarten bakery center by hand, visit Moo.com.
To make a "Take a Number" ticket dispenser for my kindergarten bakery center, I attached numbers to a large tape dispenser. If you use this method, be aware that your students will need help ripping off the numbers because the blade is bigger. As long as an adult helps, it isn't a problem.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Cups, Plates, Napkins, and Place Mats With Bakery Logo
For links to Web sites where you can print play money for your kindergarten bakery center, see my post "Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Part 1."
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Frequent-Buyer Punch Cards
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Customer Reviews
Speaking of literacy, yesterday was Family Literacy Day and this year's theme is "Play for Literacy," which means the classroom dramatic play center isn't the only place children can learn to read — they can play at home with their families, too! So encourage the families of your students to extend the bakery center to cooking at home, or to play some board games together. Every little bit helps. Read more at the National Center for Family Literacy.
How do you use literacy in your kindergarten bakery center?
Have a delicious weekend!
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