Looking for ways to incorporate math and literacy concepts into your early childhood classroom? Try implementing calendars, cash registers, play money, restaurant menus, magazines, or shopping lists into your dramatic play area.
A dramatic play center is a place where children can pretend, imagine, and act out their ideas and experiences. Children often use this area to roleplay family and household lives.
When adding items to the dramatic play area it is important to have a rich variety of culturally diverse items. Make sure that children can find items in this area that are reflective of their own lives.
Continue rotating materials so that children are constantly able to use their imaginations.
Sensory play is a hands-on and self-directed play that offers sensory stimulation for the brain. Sensory play allows children to use a variety of materials in different ways. Sensory play engages all the senses, this use of all the senses allows children to learn more from the experience and retain more information.
Allow children to make a mess and get messy. Part of the experience is also being responsible and cleaning up afterward. Provide children with certain parameters for this type of play so that the mess doesn't get out of hand, but encourage children to use materials in different ways. Ask them questions during sensory play to help expand their vocabulary.
Questions like "What does it feel like?" and "What does it smell like?" encourage children to use and expand their vocabulary.
Looking for sensory activities? Try this recipe for taste-safe kinetic sand!
Kinetic sand is a great sensory activity for children of all ages. Try making your own, it’s so easy!
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