Dramatic Play is an important part of the education of young children.
When children are pretending, they are developing essential social-emotional skills! They are also practicing many other important skills such as math, literacy, and physical development.
Many early childhood settings have a basic housekeeping area with a kitchen set, table, dress-up, and baby dolls. These materials are essential to early childhood classrooms and should always be available.
Setting up Dramatic Play invitations is a fun way for kids to delve deeper into a topic or theme, and offers many new ways for them to practice skills.
One basic item that can be used in multiple Dramatic Play invitations, is a simple play stand.
Unfortunately it can be difficult, and pricey, to find a basic dramatic play stand that can be transformed into any theme.
This tutorial will show you how to create a dramatic play stand that can be used to set up many different themes! This project is simple and just takes a bit of time. This tutorial will tell you all you need to know to be successful, including tips from the blunders I made while creating mine!
If I can do it, so can you!
Spring is winding down, and we are heading into Summer. Our readers have shared so many fabulous ideas! Here are just a few:
Julie K. of Julie's Childcare outdid herself with her new Mud Kitchen play area,
just in time for Summer Fun! I love the vibrant colors, and her use of real kitchen items.
Julie even has a place for storing Rubber Boots and Raincoats! I think the sign is super sweet!
Kericia S. of Mrs. Kay's Daycare shared her fabulous new outside space with us.
Isn't that track fabulous?
Are you looking to spruce up your learning spaces? Put away your wallet and pull out your hammer! Below you will find some creative DIY ideas shared by some of our readers.
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Preschoolers love exploring anything in the dirt, including worms!
Creating a worm farm will offer many learning opportunities for preschoolers. In particular, worm farms are great for sensory and science development.
This DIY Worm Farm Tutorial will guide you in creating your worm farm for little to no cost!
The first step is to gather your materials.
Step 1: Prepare the worm housing
I can tell the weather is getting better by the fabulous outdoor spaces that are being shared in our FB Community! In this monthly series,you will find: DIY and Free items that have been shared in our On-line Community- so you can spend less time scouring the internet and more time "creating".
The construction area is a hub of action. There is so much learning happening in this space, from building towers-to creating cities. The work being done here is empowering the engineers of the future.
Items for this space can be particularly expensive. A quality set of unit blocks can set you back hundreds of dollars. You will also find the cost of building accessories, such as pretend people, vehicles, and building sets, starts to add up.
Below you will find a collection of Free and DIY blocks/building sets, and building accessories that you can create for a fraction of the cost. I'm highlighting some of my favorite ideas from around the web, and ideas that have been shared in our FB Community.
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