Pretend Play Teacher Toys for Kids

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Pretend Play Teacher Toys for Kids
Simple tools will create a realistic teaching environment for your kids. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Teachers are a popular theme in young kids' pretend play games. Even though they haven't been to elementary school yet, the experience of their older siblings or depictions of the everyday school routine in television can fascinate children. A teacher has a certain tools at work, which kids need to make the game more realistic. They are not difficult to create, though.

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Class Board

The most important feature of a pretend play classroom is its board. Kids can use one of the educational preschool writing boards they may already have. Otherwise, a large drawing block would be sufficient. It should go on the wall or on a chair, opposite the students, who can be either fictional, the kid's toys, his neighbourhood friends, or even his parents. The child should write, or at least draw something relevant to, the subject of the class on the board and start conducting the lesson.

Textbooks, Notebooks and Pencil

Provide children with unused books from the house's library and old notebooks from an older sibling or from the parents' school years to use as textbooks and notebooks for their pupils and themselves. In addition, a pencil will be useful for the teachers, both to make presentations on the board and to pretend as if he's writing or correcting the pupils' homework. Don't give a pen to your children, or you won't be able to erase potential drawings on your books.

Hall Pass

Create a handful of hall passes, using business cards or by cutting them out of notebooks or printer A4 sheets. You don't need anything too elaborate to make them, just writing "Hall pass" with big, clear letters is enough, or printing ready-made hall pass designs (see References). It is only eight letters, so it could also be an opportunity for the kids to attempt to write the hall passes themselves.

Report Cards

Children can use thin cardboard to make the pupils' report cards, or at least paper which is folded in half, to make it look official. They will be clearly marked as report cards, with big letters on top or at the outside page, along with the name's school that your child has chosen and the name of the individual pupil. On the inside, the contents will be divided in rows, containing all subjects and columns, which will be for the grade of each semester. Since young kids are unable to write all these, help them in the card's creation.

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