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January 28, 2011 Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Part 2 By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    One of my students' favorite dramatic play centers is a bakery. It's not only fun, it's also full of ways to practice literacy. And with a good name and logo, all it costs is a little effort.

     

     

    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 Literacy Centers


    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Signs

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

      Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    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.

     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Menus

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers  

    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.

     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Cookbooks
    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    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 101eHow, or Cooking With Kids.



    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items:
    Ingredients, Timers, and Measuring Supplies

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    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

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers   

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Business Cards, Brochures, and Mailing List Sign-Up Sheets

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers
    If you don't want to make business cards for your kindergarten bakery center by hand, visit Moo.com.

     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Telephones, Calendars, and Customer Order Pads

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers 

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: "Please Take a Number" Signs, Ticket Dispensers, and Number Indicators

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers   

    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

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

     Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Cash Registers, Receipts, Bags, and Tip Jars
    Kindergarten Literacy Centers
    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Dollar Bills, Coins, Credit Cards, and Gift Certificates


    Kindergarten Literacy Centers
     

    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 Literacy Centers
     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Customer Reviews

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers


    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!

    ~Allie

     

    If you enjoyed this article, please link to it using this html:

    <a href="http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions/2011/01/literacy-in-kindergarten-dramatic-play-centers-part-2.html">Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Pt. 2: Bakery/a>

     

     

    One of my students' favorite dramatic play centers is a bakery. It's not only fun, it's also full of ways to practice literacy. And with a good name and logo, all it costs is a little effort.

     

     

    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 Literacy Centers


    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Signs

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

      Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    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.

     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Menus

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers  

    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.

     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Cookbooks
    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    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 101eHow, or Cooking With Kids.



    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items:
    Ingredients, Timers, and Measuring Supplies

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    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

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers   

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Business Cards, Brochures, and Mailing List Sign-Up Sheets

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers
    If you don't want to make business cards for your kindergarten bakery center by hand, visit Moo.com.

     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Telephones, Calendars, and Customer Order Pads

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers 

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: "Please Take a Number" Signs, Ticket Dispensers, and Number Indicators

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers   

    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

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers

     Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Cash Registers, Receipts, Bags, and Tip Jars
    Kindergarten Literacy Centers
    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Dollar Bills, Coins, Credit Cards, and Gift Certificates


    Kindergarten Literacy Centers
     

    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 Literacy Centers
     

    Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Customer Reviews

    Kindergarten Literacy Centers


    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!

    ~Allie

     

    If you enjoyed this article, please link to it using this html:

    <a href="http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions/2011/01/literacy-in-kindergarten-dramatic-play-centers-part-2.html">Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Pt. 2: Bakery/a>

     

     

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