Many kids want to be just like their parents, so when they notice that their parents spend plenty of time in the office, they often want to role play some of the office jobs that they know about. Parents can encourage this play by showing kids activities they can do that will allow them to feel like they are working in an office.
Build a Cubicle
For a child who has spent plenty of time in an office (visiting a parent there, for example), having her own cubicle may be exciting. Let your child build a cubicle at home by providing a very large box, such as one that a refrigerator or an oven may come in. Help your child cut the top off and remove a small section of the wall for the cubicle's entrance. You can even take some of the cardboard from the top, and tape it to the remaining walls to create a small desk. Move your child's chair into the cubicle, and let your child create a small notice board, decorating it the way to look like an office notice board, with memos and personal papers. Encourage your child to decorate the cubicle as she desires. This can be an important component of your child's office role play.
Fun With Office Supplies
Most children enjoy learning the purpose of the office supplies adults use and pretending to use them as well. Let your play the role of a secretary, and show him how to use different types of office supplies, such as staplers, bulldog clips, and sticky notes. Kids will enjoy using these grown-up tools to create their own important documents or pictures and to connect them together.
School Office Role Play
Even if kids aren't sure exactly what their parents are doing "at the office," odds are that they are familiar with one office - the one in their school buildings. Many kids love playing the secretary or office manager in their school office. Just give them a desk (or a long table), several boxes and old papers that haven't made it to the recycling bin, and other supplies often seen in the school office. Kids will enjoy shuffling papers around, handing out detention slips, answering a toy phone, and using a box as a photocopier.
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