Dramatic play (a.k.a. “make believe”) is an excellent way to encourage language development and pre-reading exposure in your child. And it's just darn fun! Period. We’ve done it all – Restaurant, Family, “Chores” (my Little Miss affectionately calls herself the “Queen of the Chores”), Beauty Shop, Car Wash…The one we haven’t done (until now)?
In this ever increasing age of technology, children are watching their parents on the computer more and more with a desire to emulate mommy and daddy. So, naturally, the time came when my children wanted “an office of their own”. My son’s preschool classroom has a faux keyboard and telephone and I knew they would love one at home!
You can make a “home office” for your child with a few simple items found around the house! We had such fun putting this together! We even made our own chalkboard (piece of plywood + chalkboard spray paint).
Here’s what we included:
-Old Computer Keyboard
-Pens, Paper, Post-its, Clipboard
A few “extras” I included:
- "Computer Screen" (printed image from a Google search)
- Blank printable calendar
-Relatives phone numbers (great for learning the real thing!-ours have been changed for the photo)
-My old business cards
How I made this idea work for me:
-Pen holder is a recycled peanut butter jar
- “Desk” is a large Rubbermaid plastic storage bin cover with a tablecloth
-We didn’t have an extra keyboard lying around, but I was able to find one for next to nothing at the local thrift store.
Have you played “make believe” lately?