Saturday, January 9, 2010

Prop Boxes for Dramatic Play

Prop Boxes for Dramatic Play

Prop boxes are a way of setting the stage for Meaningful, purposeful play through exploring different experiences. When setting the stage with props children’s dramatic play will evolve naturally. Prop boxes will give children a variety of experiences in language, literacy, math and science, art, social and emotional play.

With Prop Boxes children have opportunities to play in a non threatening way. Children will be able to acquire new skills, practice evolving skills and experiment with adult roles without the pressure of conforming to adult expectations.

When children spend long hours in early childhood programs we as teacher need to insure that the environment is set up for optimal learning. Prop boxes are a way to help assure that the classroom environments are a living learning environment. Young children’s understanding and learning happens as they explore and investigate new roles, prop boxes are a great way for children to do that.

Prop boxes need to compliment theme of study and be rotated as the themes change.

Beauty Shop/Barber Prop Box

Post Office Prop Box

Office Prop Box

How to prepare a Prop Box

• Find alike size boxes. (office storage boxes or plastic tubes)

• Search attics, basements, thrift stores, garage sales, friends, family and the children’s parents are all great places to find your prop box theme related materials.

• Use real items when possible. Real items are always better than toys.

• Include literacy materials in every prop box. (Menus, books, maps, blueprints, writing pads, order pads, writing utensils, key boards, old type writers, are just some examples.) Children need to have many opportunities to incorporate reading and writing in their play.

• Include numeracy materials in every prop box. (Calculators, registers, play money, pricing, rulers, tape measures, scales are just some examples.)

• Have children help with ideas and items. Encourage the children to make items for the prop boxes.

• Ask local business for donations of items that will help the learning of children. Local businesses are always willing to help when it comes to children’s education.

• Include activity binders

• Always remember to design your prop boxes to include all areas of the classroom environment.


  1. Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

  2. Reading Makes Your Child Smarter

    Reading is known to have numerous benefits. It increases your world knowledge, enhances your vocabulary, and works to improve your reading comprehension abilities.

    But did you know that reading can actually make you smarter?

    In fact, reading not only can make a child smarter, the very act of reading can even help to compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability in children by building their vocabulary and general knowledge! This is a finding reported by researchers Cunningham and Stanovich in a report titled "What Reading Does For the Mind".

    The simple fact here is that reading can make your child smarter, and that learning to read early on is directly linked to later success in life.

    1) Did you know that your child's vocabulary at 3 years old predicts his or her grade one reading success? [1]

    2) Did you know that vocabulary and reading ability in first grade strongly predicts grade 11 outcomes? [2]

    3) Did you know that your child's reading skill in grade 3 directly influences high school graduation? Studies have found that children who cannot read proficiently by grade 3 are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers! [3]

    >> Give your child the best possible head start. Teach your child to read today. Click here to learn how.

    But how do you teach a young child to read, and isn't that the job of the school and teachers?

    You can't be more wrong...

    With the right tools, knowledge, and techniques, teaching young children to read can be a simple and effective process. I'd like to introduce you to a fantastic reading program called Children Learning Reading, a super effective method for teaching children to read - even children as young as just 2 or 3 years old.

    The creators of this program have used it to teach their four children to read before age 3, and by reading, I mean real, phonetic reading.

    I can understand if you find that hard to believe... In fact, I had a difficult time believing it myself as well... that is, until I saw the videos they posted documenting the reading progress of the their children - not to mention all the videos other parents have sent in showcasing their children's reading progress after using the Children Learning Program. After learning more about their methods and techniques, it became clear how it's possible to teach young children to read effectively.

    It is truly within your ability to teach your child to read in a relatively short period of time spending just 10 to 15 minutes each day.

    >> Click here now to watch the videos and start teaching your child to read.

    1. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning
    Andrew Biemiller, University of Toronto

    2. Early reading acquisition and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later.
    Cunningham AE, Stanovich KE.

    3. Double Jeopardy How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
    Donald J. Hernandez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,

  3. Thank you for making me understand about how an expert assist student with Nursing assignment help by going through many writing formats of assignments such as essays, reports, thesis, articles and many more. Likewise, there exist one such company as Online Assignment Expert that provides top quality assignments at affordable prices. We at Online assignment Expert provide world class feature of on-time assignment delivery, plagiarism check, partial payment, unlimited revisions, etc. You can contact our team of highly professional and experienced experts engaged in their respective field. Avail our exclusive discounts on our assignment help Australia by contacting our experts at Online Assignment Expert.



Related Posts with Thumbnails