Dramatic play is a great way for kids to use their imaginations to pretend a variety of situations. A stage is a fun addition to a dramatic play area. Your child can pretend to be a rock star, actor or anything in between. Use these ideas for creating a stage area without building anything.
Stages are normally raised, but that requires some building. If you don’t build it well enough, the stage could be unstable. Instead, use an area rug to create the stage area. It still separates the stage from the rest of the room but without the risk of falling. Place the rug first to mark where you want the stage. The location of the carpet helps you place the other components.
Every stage needs background curtains. If you don’t mind drilling into the walls, attach a curtain rod to the ball slightly higher than the tallest child. Hang a set of draping curtains on the rod. Use some curtain tiebacks to get the draped stage look. If you want a temporary option, make a basic frame using PVC pipes. Put the curtains on the horizontal pipe. This gives you more flexibility on where you locate the stage.
Just like a real theater, you can make scenery to go behind the curtains. Use large rolls of paper like you would use on an easel. Tape the pieces of paper to the wall. Let your kids paint or draw scenery based on what they want to perform.
Don’t forget to include some props to help your little stars get into character. Microphones are an obvious choice. If you don’t have any toy microphones, make your own from paper towel tubes and balls of foil.
Plenty of costumes also help with the dramatic play area. Include some sparkly clothes that a rock star might wear. Include other costumes, such as ballet outfits and assorted costumes to use if they kids want to put on a play or musical.