Monthly Archives: October 2015

LEARNING KIT: Fine Motor Box

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This year for Christmas, the kids will be getting a Fine Motor Learning Kit. The kit is full of items that promote fine motor skills. Below you can see what I put in the kit, where you can get it and where to download the set of free Playdough Play Idea Cards…
(Each kit ran about $10.00)

Kit Includes:

  • Stickers
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 per package)
  • Beads
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 per package)
  • Serving Tongs
    (Found at Walmart for $2.89 a piece)
  • Pom Pom Balls
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a bag)
  • Pill Boxes
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a piece)
  • Clips
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a set (4))
  • Putty
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a piece)
  • Ice Cube Trays
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a set (2))
  • Pipe Cleaners
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a package)
  • Lacing Cards
    (Found at Target for $1.00 a set)
  • Sensory Ball
    (Found at Target for $1.00 a piece)
  • Fine Motor Play Idea Cards
    (Can download FREE at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fine-Motor-Idea-Cards-2165983)

DRAMATIC PLAY: Apple Orchard

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Well, I am  really, really behind on this…

For the month of September and October (we are now keeping the same theme for 2 months), our dramatic play center is a: APPLE ORCHARD

The apple orchard theme is a first for us and the kids are loving it! I made trees with apples that Velcro on and off so the kids can actually “pick” apples from the trees. We also had a field trip to the orchard so the group was very excited to come back and implement some of the new things they learned from our orchard guide.

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 APPLE ORCHARD theme:
-Apples
-Trees
-Books
-Produce stand
-Scales
-Play money
-Cash Register
-Visuals
-Bushel baskets
-Dress Up Clothes

More resources to set up an apple orchard center:
http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-apple-orchard/

http://www.theideabox.com/Apple_Orchard_Dramatic_Play.html

http://123learnwithmekathy.blogspot.com/2013/10/dramatic-play-apple-orchard.html

What our Apple Orchard looks like…
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