Well, I have found some more that I just have to show you.
The first comes from fellow Australian blogger Tricia, at Little Eco Footprints. These play spaces are in her home, and when I first saw them I wanted to move my family right in!
I love the way that these gorgeous play areas create a welcoming space that says both "everyone belongs here" and "play is valued and respected."
The second home corner is from Shoalhaven Preschool. The eclectic mix of furniture and props creates a warm, fuzzy feeling of home:
I love the little touches, like the lamp and the clock on the window sill. And finally, this one:
I'll leave you with an interesting post from Allie at Bakers and Astronauts which explores the process of setting up a dramatic play area. Allie writes:
and:Dramatic play should allow children to be open-ended and self motivated; and is should reflect their own lives and interests. If it is going to be a kitchen, try to fill it with containers that children would see in their own pantry at home; or with real dishes to prepare a table with.
In my first year of teaching, we would change the dramatic play area according to childrens' interests and the project or topic of study. In my recollection, it was four things over the course of the year: a kitchen, a store, a doctor's office, and a restaurant. The children were engaged in each one, but it was always a magical room transformation for them -- they would arrive on a Monday morning to new props, items, and furniture arrangement. Should children have more of a say in the arrangement of their classroom environment? I think dramatic play may be a good place to try that out.