We like Dramatic Play in my childcare environment. And when you need something to fill the time, you make something the children can take home. But first, we do a ‘Test Run’. After all, it’s more fun to play with friends! Right?!
So showing you how we turned a simple color page into a way to extend our theme of Fire Safety into the Dramatic Play Center. This color page is from about 19 years back so sorry no link for making a copy.
Here is a view of supplies needed including a color page. We printed ours on cardstock for more longevity.
The color and cut stage
Connect the long tubes on each end ONLY.
Masking tape works best.
For the “People”, firefighters in this instance, use tape loops and attach to the smaller tubes.
Finally, slide the fire truck in-between the longer tubes. It should be a snug fit. Trim the ends if it’s a little long. And there you have it! Individual play sets for your theme to enhance Dramatic Play.
Skills Learned from Dramatic Play:
Learning to cooperate, to control impulses (like tearing it up by ‘crashing’, leads to less aggressive tendencies.
Eye/hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills
Developing literacy skills with use of new language, role-playing and problem solving
Learning to ask and answer questions. This introduces a larger view of the world they are living in. Some of them will relate the events of the evening news they see at home to their play. Great opportunity to ‘be there’ to discuss our times.
Talk with your caregiver about the importance of Dramatic Play.
This post is being updated and reblogged from my personal daycare blog from Oct. 17, 2015.
And they get stored in these extra large ice cream containers. When it gets about half full, I turn to ways to upcycle them.
Watching & waiting
The hubby is pretty good at discovering bargains on ebay and found this Crayola Melt & Mold Factory at a decent price. It comes with a couple mold styles and looked like it would be a good way to occupy school-agers this summer.
Here is where I insert the facts. If you have only a few broken crayons, this is the way to go because this is how many (I’m being Very generous)you can melt in one sitting. And in one sitting I mean 45 minutes from beginning to end. I wasn’t very impressed with the results as there were air gaps in the molds in the end so you ended up with half-baked crayons. Not very sturdy for those with a firm grip.
Time to move on obviously.
My tried and true method that I have had a lot of success with are these little silicone bakers. They are great for practicing color sorting or color mixing that All ages greatly enjoy. I’m sure you can find many shapes in silicone bakeware or candy molds, but I just use the ones I already have.
My round crayons give new shape, color, and variety to the crayon bin.
Did I mention they are stackable? Quite the item to take outdoors as well. It’s pretty hard to lose these bright round disks, and even harder for them to get choked on. They make great paper weights when the wind is blowing (so you can never have too many).I have a few other ideas I’m planning with these gems for the future. I’ll have to let you know how they work out.
Hope this “Free Tip Friday” brightens the start to your weekend!
During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.
The Hopscotch block is my Letter H entry for the Challenge. I’ve made a quilt with this pattern before, but it was using string quilt blocks seen below. It was machine pieced and and hand quilted. It might be evident that I like color. chuckle
signature and view of handstitching
It’s a one-of-a-kind, sort of like some of the unique children’s games I’ve witnessed being created over the last 24 years as both a mother and childcare provider. The “Children” are the motive for choosing this quilt block.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for the children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Fred Rodgers – Televison Personality
Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!