We have really loved our hot cocoa roll play this week. Today we were blessed with the addition of a coffee pot, mixer, and toaster. They were an instant hit! Pretend play is such a vital part of a child's development. For some children this play is quite natural and for others it really needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Not only is roll play fun but it aids intellectual development, improves social and language skills and fosters creativity. Pretend play gives children the opportunity to explore events and scenarios they have experienced or witnessed in real life. Play is work for a preschooler!
We also had a wonderful time today working with our letters. These little owls know not only their own initial but the initials of all of their classmates and are beginning to seek them out in their environmental print. This morning we each had an opportunity to create an initial collage. They worked really hard on them and they turned out beautifully.
Our playdough play was also full of learning. Today the children had access to playdough scissors, knives, pizza cutters, rolling pins and cookie cutters. As exciting as these tools were they also gave the children quite the fine motor workout. Cutting the playdough with scissors was something they could not get enough of. Overall their scissor skills are improving and you can see they are not as awkward as they were just a few months ago. Rolling dough out was also a thrilling challenge. And of course as we played our conversations centered around cutting up cookies and donuts for our cocoa stand. Our roll play continued outside the traditional dramatic center. I just love their budding imaginations!
Here you will find little snippets of our days together. When my children were in preschool and would come home I would always ask, "So, what did you do today?". All they ever said was, "Played." That didn't tell me much. I hope this blog will be a place to share what we have done and help you ask more directed questions of your child. You will see first hand just what we do after you kiss your little one goodbye in the morning. It will also be a great place to visit and see just how much your child has grown and learned throughout the year.