Imaginative Play

March 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm 1 comment

I have started once a week to create an imagination station for the children.  After lunch they have quiet time, some reading time on their bed and then some,usually, quiet play alone in their room.  It gives us all a break from each other and refreshes us to play nicely together.  Though sometimes, like today, the children request play together in one of their rooms, so after reading time Emily went to play in Alexander’s room and it means sometimes quiet time goes longer than the allotted time.

 

During this quiet time I try and set up stations around the room of different activities for them to choose to play together or seperately.

One week I got out their dress up clothes and the cash register and make a clothing store.  Not much trying on of clothes went on but a lot of shopping happened.

One week I tried to make a doctor’s office, inspired by the vet office on No Time for FlashCards.  I lined up the dollys and teddies.  I got out the clipboards and the doctor’s kit and made a checklist for the children to go through and check the health of their patients.

I say tried because Emily kibboshed it all and said they weren’t sick and didn’t need a check up.  She likes to use the doctor’s kit on her cousins and not on her toys.

Today at lunch time I created a menu for the children to “choose” lunch from.  They enjoyed that and having mum as their “Server” that I decided to make a cafe in the play room today.  I will see how it goes.

Table with menu (on white board so we can change the menu on other days)

Boxes with food, plates and cooking utensils

Now to see what happens.  I forgot the forks and spoons.  Will have to add them and children when they are tired of playing in their room since officially in room time finished about 10 minutes ago but gave mum time to finish these last 3 posts.

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