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Making the Most Out of the Create-It-Station
Changing up the dramatic play area serves several purposes. It takes a little bit of work, but making some changes periodically helps keep the students’ interest. Allowing the students to play different roles gives them a wealth of educational experiences. New literacy opportunities come with each change as well, with fresh new words and things to write. It’s like... Read More » The post Making the Most Out of the Create-It-Station appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Thematic Units – A Way to Guide Children to Explore
Teaching preschool is all about balance. Balancing silly with serious, calm with energized, balance across literacy, math, and science, balancing time so that each student gets some individual attention. And, of course, balancing free play with structured activities. Using thematic units is an easy way to bring structure to the classroom while still keeping plenty... Read More » The post Thematic Units – A Way to Guide Children to Explore appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Pets Circle Time and Activities for Preschoolers
Most children love pets! Sometimes, a classroom is lucky to have a furry, feathered, or scaled friend in the classroom to take care of. Many students have animals at home as well. Learning about the different animals that people invite into their homes is something everyone will love! PETS CIRCLE TIME IDEAS During circle time,... Read More » The post Pets Circle Time and Activities for Preschoolers appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Gears and STEM in the Preschool Block Center
It’s time to “gear up” for some STEM learning in the block center! Children create and explore the motion of gears with these fascinating builders. While the gears in our classroom were found at Costco (seriously, what CAN’T you find there?), there are many different styles “geared” for preschoolers. These are nice because they were... Read More » The post Gears and STEM in the Preschool Block Center appeared first on Play to Learn.
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File Folder Games for Pre-K Morning Work
File Folder Games are a fantastic choice when it comes to practicing skills and learning to work independently. These little file folder games help reinforce many kindergarten readiness skills – letter identification, initial sounds, rhyming, counting, number recognition, sorting, and more. They are also fantastic for differentiated instruction – the teacher selects the games according to... Read More » The post File Folder Games for Pre-K Morning Work appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Easy Memory Tray Games for Preschoolers
What is a “memory tray?” It’s a very visual, hands-on version of the classic “What’s Missing?” pictures. It’s simple to set up, easy to play, and adaptable for any theme or learning goal – a triple winner! Keep these simple memory tray games in your back pocket for a simple to set up, easy to... Read More » The post Easy Memory Tray Games for Preschoolers appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Lovely Lemonade Stand Dramatic Play
Looking for a sweet and summery center? How about a Lemonade Stand Dramatic Play? With a lemonade stand this adorable, there won’t be any sour faces in the classroom! Benefits of the Lemonade Stand Dramatic Play Center This Lemonade Stand Dramatic Play, along with many other types of dramatic play set-ups, is fantastic for engaging... Read More » The post Lovely Lemonade Stand Dramatic Play appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Baby Nursery Dramatic Play
Many preschoolers are familiar with babies. Even if they don’t have a small sibling at home, they might have friends and relatives that do. And nothing is more adorable than a pint-sized pretend parent showing tender, loving care to baby dolls! A baby nursery dramatic play center is an excellent addition to the dramatic play... Read More » The post Baby Nursery Dramatic Play appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Charming Color Books for the Preschool Classroom
These bright and cheerful color books are at home in the library OR the art corner! Color is one of the universal languages of early childhood. Students who haven’t mastered reading can still follow the directions to “go sit on the red carpet square” or “find the blue cubby.” It is also one of the... Read More » The post Charming Color Books for the Preschool Classroom appeared first on Play to Learn.
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Sweet Maple Scented Play Dough
With all of the enticing aroma and none of the super-stickiness, this maple scented play dough makes a sweet addition to the sensory supplies! It only takes a few easily found ingredients and a couple of minutes to create! Prepping the Maple Play Dough Start with the BEST play dough recipe base ever. 1 cup... Read More » The post Sweet Maple Scented Play Dough appeared first on Play to Learn.
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