If there’s one type of play that I’d do for the rest of my days, it would be dramatic play! It’s such a fantastic way to encourage so many skills in a way that’s playful and age appropriate. Today I’d like to share our brand new Construction Site dramatic play area!
Our children have always loved helping their dad build things. They practically come running when they see him with his toolbox, so I knew they’d be into a construction site dramatic play area. I always start by developing my printables so that I have some direction when I start sourcing materials and props. Luckily my husband is in the building industry so he helped cross check my signs and labels and gave me some great ideas for additions!
Next we started our shopping! Bunnings was our first stop which is where we got our caution tape, orange builders fencing and some traffic cones. It was all very inexpensive and we have lots left to use for a construction themed birthday party down the track! We also headed to our local Toys R Us to grab a few Imaginarium brand construction costumes which came with hard hats, goggles and a few tools as well. They were a bargain at only $20.00 each on sale.
All of other props were things we already had so this was a really simple set up for the kids! Next we went through our play stash and collected all of our play tools and construction materials. We moved all of our play room furniture into our storage cupboard so that we had our whole play room space to set up in.
My husband got to work setting up the most beautiful construction themed small world in our Tuff Tray. He did such an amazing job and both of our little learners played there for hours! To start with, he added some adhesive road tape (from kmart) and then some large rocks from our garden. Next, he added some gravel/pebbles as the base and then all of our construction loose parts and vehicles. It turned out so well!
The next area was our tool and safety gear storage shelf and the building blocks area. My little learners helped me to sort our tools into containers but we didn’t have enough room on the shelf for all of them! Rest assured, the printable packet of signs and labels includes lots of different materials that aren’t pictured in these photos.
Our tools are mostly Bosch brand kids tools because they are so realistic! Ideally I would love to have real tools but my youngest isn’t quite there yet.
We used some Ikea Knagglig crates to store our cardboard Melissa & Doug building blocks inside. These blocks are fantastic for little learners and are actually really sturdy considering they are made from cardboard. I borrowed them from my Mum but I think I’m going to have to try and get my hands on some to keep because they have been such a popular part of our construction site!
Our final play area in our construction site was our Site Manager table. These is where the workers sign in and out and fill in all the paperwork required on a building site 😉 I added a manilla folder for the job lists and building plans to live in and I also displayed our site rules here. Both of my little learners are pre-writers but they both loved sitting here filling in their paperwork. This is a wonderful way to encourage early writing and reading skills with your little learners!
So what do you think? Would your little learners LOVE playing in this space? Below I will share a few more of the printables included in this packet as I know they’ll be super popular with your little learners too! As always, if you set up a construction themed dramatic play space, I would absolutely love for you to use my #littlelifelonglearners hashtag over on instagram!