Monthly Archives: June 2015

DRAMATIC PLAY CENTERS: Camp Site

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For the month of June, our dramatic play center is a: CAMP SITE

The camp site theme is one of my favorite to set up. Many of my younger kids have never been camping before, or even in a tent so they really enjoy it and learn a lot. With the camp sight dramatic play center, there are so many things to talk to the kids about such as weather, bugs, plants, animals, food and more!

Great article to read on  “How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning”:
http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=751

Things to Gather for a CAMP SITE theme:

  • Tent
  • Blankets
  • Books about camping
  • Binoculars
  • Plastic bugs
  • Plastic snakes
  • Plastic plants
  • Backpacks
  • Stuffed animals
  • Stars (to hang above tent)
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlights/Lanterns
  • Fishing Poles
  • Outdoor Chairs
  • Cookwear
  • Plastic Fish
  • Dress Up Clothes
  • Hats
  • Water table
  • Maps
  • Empty sunscreen & bug spray bottles
  • BBQ grill (make one using this link: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-toy-grill-116515 or if you have a child play one)
  • Photos of camp sites

Things to Make for a CAMPING Theme:

Here is what our CAMP SITE looks like:
Campground (1) Campground (2) Campground (4)

 

Links for Printables & Ideas for a Camping theme:
http://www.nuttinbutpreschool.com/camping/

http://fun-a-day.com/activities-for-a-preschool-camping-theme/

http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-camping-theme/

 

 

DRAMATIC PLAY CENTERS: The “Beach”

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For the month of May, our dramatic play center is a: BEACH

Once again, I’ve very behind on the blog. Things have been crazy lately!

For May our dramatic play center was set up as a “beach”. I usually reserves this theme for the middle of winter when we are wishing for warm weather, but the kids were already talking up their summer plans so much lately that I thought it’d be a great center to introduce the upcoming summer season.

Great article to read on  “How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning”:
http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=751

Things to Gather for a BEACH theme:

  • Sand pails
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Shovels
  • Empty sunscreen bottles
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Sand Molds
  • Sand
  • Kiddie pool
  • Water table
  • Swimwear
  • phones, keys and other dress up accessories
  • Beach balls
  • Blow up beach animals (I can find these at Dollar Tree every year)
  • Rafts
  • Books about the beach
  • play money
  • Photos of beach and ocean life

Things to Make for a BEACH Theme:

  • Beach and Ocean life posters
  • Signs, labels, water safety posters

Here is what our BEACH looks like:
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Links for Printables & Ideas for a Beach theme:
http://www.prekfun.com/A-F/Beach/Beach_DramaticPlay.htm

http://www.elcnwf.org/downloads/2009-06%20Under%20the%20Sea.pdf

http://www.123child.com/lessonplans/seasonal/summer/beach.php

http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/beach-theme.html