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7 EASY Dramatic Play Ideas to Set Up in Your Playroom

I’m a firm believer that kids learn through play! But this wasn’t always the case.  I’ll admit when our daughter was younger I felt this unspoken pressure from the social media world to create fun educational activities for her each week.

Then I had my son and realized this just wasn’t possible and it was too much. I also started to doubt whether it was really necessary. 

So instead of printing out worksheets and setting up school at home, I decided to create easy and fun dramatic play centers in our playroom! Each month we rotate a center. The kids absolutely love it and they still ask to switch things up every now and then. 

It takes a bit of intentional work, but once you have created a center it’s so easy to throw it all in a bin and switch it out. Today I’m sharing with you 7 EASY dramatic play ideas to set up in your own living room or playroom. 

Kids learn through play! Her are 7 EASY dramatic play ideas so you can set up your own dramatic play center in your playroom at home.

Doctor’s Office Dramatic Play:

Our daughter was obsessed with Doc McStuffins at one point so it was natural to set up a toy animal hospital. Your don’t need to have a theme, any doctor’s office or tools will do. You can download our free waiting room sign and doctor sign here.

Set up your own DIY pretend play doctor's office with these doctors printables. We used a Disney Junior Doc McStuffins theme and quickly set up our dramatic play center! #DocMcStuffins #Disney #pretendplay #imagination #dramaticplay

Pretend Play Food Truck:

My sister had a food truck at her wedding last year and the kids thought it was the best thing ever. We set up a food truck in our playroom and it was a huge hit.  Read all about the details and download a free food truck menu here.

7 EASY dramatic play ideas to set up in your own playroom. Each pretend play center comes with free printables.

Art Gallery Dramatic Play:

We love arts and crafts in our house so it was natural to set up an art gallery. We made admission tickets and the featured artist (our kids) even sold their art to customers. Find out how to set up yours here.

Turn your living room into an art show! It's such a fun dramatic play center to do with your preschooler.

Farmer’s Market Play Center:

This is super easy, especially if you already have a kitchen in your playroom. Download our farmer’s market sign and food labels here.

Create 7 EASY dramatic play centers in your own home. Use these ideas and free printables to get started on your imaginary play.

Dramatic Play Coffee Shop:

This is probably one of my favorite dramatic play centers and my kids still love it. We laminated the order menu so it was easy to reuse time and time again. See all the details here.

Pretend play is a preschooler's dream! Set up this dramatic play coffee shop and your kids will love taking your order. Don't forget to download the free printable coffee shop sign and order form. Your toddler will love making your coffee and warming up the donuts.

Flower Shop Play Center:

During the summer we set up our own floral shop. It made our playroom look beautiful and the kids loved it. Make your own here.

Pretend play is great for preschool! Find 7 unique dramatic play ideas in this post.

Backyard Obstacle Course:

This is a bit unconventional, but our kids had a blast creating this outdoor obstacle course. My daughter continues to ask us to do it again! Find all the details here.

Find 7 unique play centers to set up at your house for your kids. Play is so important for learning!


So what about you? What are your favorite dramatic play ideas? If you are struggling to get your child to play alone I have some great tips on how to encourage independent play. Also ways for parents to engage in pretend play even if it doesn’t come naturally. 

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