Looking for ways to add excitement to your dramatic play center? Adding sets of pretend food, colorful puppets, new furniture, and a variety of accessories can help your dramatic play center feel new and exciting to students. Here are 10 items you can use to create new dramatic play experiences in your classroom:


1. Super Duper 4-Kid Play Tent II

Bring camping indoors with this Super Duper 4-Kid Play Tent II! Little adventurers will love pretending they’re on a jungle safari or on a camping trip at a state park. Use the included carrying bag for easy storage and portability.


2. New Sprouts® Garden Fresh Salad

Teach healthy eating and nutrition concepts in the dramatic play area with the New Sprouts® Garden Fresh Salad. The 38-piece set has enough vegetables for four servings and a pair of children’s tongs to help children develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


3. Hispanic Food Set

Introduce children to food from another culture with this Hispanic Food Set. One taco, one chili sauce, one enchilada, one Spanish rice, and six corn chips are included in the set.


4. Playful Chef Cooking Set (24 Pieces)

This child-sized cooking set is the perfect addition to a dramatic play center. Children can experience the rewards of cooking by making five delicious recipes, including a yogurt parfait and a pita pizza! A tip booklet is also included to help you extend the learning into math and science activities. 



5. Premium Solid Maple Dress-Up Center with 4 Baskets

Add this sturdy dress-up center to your dramatic play area to help keep clothes and accessories organized and accessible for children. Hang costumes on the three-pronged hooks to help children choose what they want to wear. Children can then admire their ensembles with the inset acrylic mirror on the end beside the hanging storage section.  



6. Dust, Sweep, and Mop Play Set

These colorful cleanup tools will make cleanup a breeze! The six-piece play set features a broom, mop, duster, dust pan, hand brush, and sturdy stand. Adding these to your dramatic play center will help teach children the importance of cleaning and tidying up after themselves.


7. Let’s Play School

Do you have any aspiring teachers in your classroom? Add the Let’s Play School set to your dramatic play center for the ultimate pretend classroom! Grade books, hall passes, a dry-erase board, and pointer are just a few of the items included with the nylon carrier.  



8. Safari Animal Puppet Set (Set of 8)

With realistic colors and prints, our Safari Animal Puppet Set is sure to be a hit with children. The set includes a zebra, lion, leopard, giraffe, hippo, elephant, monkey, and crocodile.



9. Bug Glove Puppet Set (Set of 3)

These cute and colorful glove puppets will create a buzz of excitement in the dramatic play center! Made of soft velour, these bug glove puppets can help enhance storytelling while building children’s oral language skills.  



10. Tabletop Puppet Theater

Need a compact and convenient way for children to put on their own puppet show? The Tabletop Puppet Theater folds flat for easy storage and sets up in minutes! Children will love using the chalkboard marquee and closable curtain as part of their puppet shows.  

Be sure to check out our Dramatic Play section for a variety of dress-up clothes, kitchen units, dolls, accessories, and more! “How to Set Up Your Preschool Dramatic Play Learning Center” is also a great resource for planning and organizing your dramatic play center.