Order Up!! We are serving up some great number, writing and letter play. Our special this week is a generous helping of dramatic play, with a side order of academics. The desert this week is extra family inclusion for this theme. Can you tell I use to be a waitress? :)
This week I took a note from my own teaching style.. children learn best through play and inclusion. She was able to do a lot of extra writing and math this week without realizing it. Read a-long to find out how.
Letter and Number Work
Letter 0 Stamps - Our letter of the week is Oo. We talked about the sounds it makes and how it looks like the circle shape. We stamped O's on paper using toilet paper rolls in paint. SImple yet effective letter recognition craft. We also learned if we squeeze the roll it makes ovals. This is a great letter and math activity, it can also build a lot of great vocabulary.
Building a Menu - My husband now permanently works from home amid the pandemic and it's so much fun having him home for lunch. Lucy and I decided to turn our kitchen into a restaurant. I would tell Lucy what our choices of food are for daddy to choose from and write them on a piece of paper so she can copy it to her menu. She didn't realize how much writing she has done this week because she was having FUN! She also had time to draw pictures of the food and be as creative as she wanted.
Ice Cream Match Up - This was a FREE printable from this site. It was amazing because she used scissor skills (please note the adult scissors I briefly used to show her how to do this activity, she did NOT use those she has age appropriate ones!) to cut the ice cream scoops out and then matched the toppings amount to the cone with the coordinating number.
Ice Cream Scoops - We used potatos to stamp scoops on an ice cream cone. The math of this comes in with our discussions. I told her to make a cone we can make an upsidedown triagle. When we finished that cone we added a second and talked about more/less "which cone has more scoops? Less?" and "how many scoops is on the cone with the most scoops?"
Pizza Slice Toppings Match Up - Again this is another FREE printable! I love this site, she's amazing and has a great library of printables. It's a simple activity, match the slice of pizza with the amount of toppings to the correct number piece of the pizza pie.
Pizzeria - I have a Melissa and Doug pizza stand that Lucy got from my parents at Christmas that was really perfect for this weeks theme! We played pizzeria, we took turns ordering a pizza, making the pizza, selling the pizza. The money aspect of this toy was really awesome because it made it so educational. It allowed for a lot of organic counting and money conversations.
Restaurant - We pretended the basement was a restaurant and served her Rainbow Kate doll lunch. She wrote out a menu, waited on her table, was the cook, and created a bill (she charged $6 for her whole meal, what a steal!)
Ice Cream Shop - we explored lots of various types of restaurants including ice cream shops! This fun dramatic play included our Valentine themed sensory bin. This was super easy, I just added some plastic play ice cream cones and scoops and pretended we were a small shop. The rice was sprinkles and also made for a good ice cream stand.
Baking Cookies - I might have a separate baking theme soon but this was fun to do together. It built great vocabulary, listening skills, and even math with measuring and counting. We talked about various jobs bakeries have from making the baked goods, cleaning the shop, and checking out customers.