Since I am using an ocean theme for my classroom this year, I thought a Shark Tank dramatic play area would be a fun way to start the year. I also know that we will not be doing a separate ocean theme week this year, so I do not need to save this pretend play idea for later in the year.
Thanks to a past Vacation Bible Camp we had made duck tape portcullis pieces that we had saved. These work out perfectly to be a pretend shark tank. To make this, we stuck silver duck tape sticky sides together in a grid pattern. These are hung from the ceiling with fishing line to make them low enough for my students to look through the holes at the sharks and other ocean life.
A coworker put together most of the supplies for this dramatic play. Oxygen tanks are made from large soda containers, flippers are made from foam sheets, an old camera is the underwater camera, and some inexpensive goggles finish it off. I added a foam shark hat from ACMoore for the shark to wear.
Since dramatic play is a favorite area I always want to make sure I get some literacy development in this center. This time we have labels for where everything goes with both the picture and the word. We also have badges for friends using this center to wear.
What do you have in your dramatic play area?