Dramatic Play Idea
Dramatic Play Idea: Order Up! Restaurant Play to encourage writing, speaking, and listening skills! For as long as I can remember, my students have loved to play restaurant. Even when I taught third grade, I would hear them at the writing station taking each other’s orders. Now that I have made a commitment to including play in my kindergarten classroom, it was only natural that I add a kitchen area. In order to maximize learning, I thought it would be fun to give my kids materials to play restaurant and take each other’s orders. It’s been a HUGE success and my kids LOVE it!
Instead of creating just a menu, I thought a set of cards for each food group would be fun. Each food group has a different colored border which makes it easy to organize them. I put them on rings, by food groups.
I bought these checks for fun. Kids pretend they are taking each other’s orders. The customer picks what they’d like form the cards and the “waiter” writes it down. I included simple prices in the corner of the cards in case you want to add an addition component. It works well with a kitchen/restaurant area, but can also stand alone or in a writing station.
The play kitchen was my daughter’s and the play food is from IKEA. In case I want to not use the writing pads, I also included 3 versions of a simple page for kids to use as a menu. I placed it in a plastic sleeve for them to use with a dry erase marker.
If you’re interested in these activities, check out my latest pack! Order Up will be a favorite of your students! Promise! Included are 52 cards, 3 menus, and two small waiter forms.