Ready-To-Use Teaching Idea: Dramatic Play
- play dough
- food coloring
- small rolling pins
- different-shaped, small cookie cutters
- construction paper
- crayons or markers
- camera and film
Objective: Children will develop fine-motor and creative-thinking skills and explore colors and shapes as they pretend to be snack makers, cooking up their favorite snacks.
In Advance: Send a note home asking families to send in a sample of their child's favorite snack.
- Ask children to talk about their favorite snacks. Some children might have the same favorites as their classmates. Some children might have more than one favorite. Children can show their classmates the snacks they have brought from home. Record the favorites on chart paper.
- Invite children to become snack makers. First, explain to children that a snack maker might wear a cooking hat and apron. Provide construction paper, crayons, and markers. Invite children to decorate the construction paper. Fold and tape the paper together to make hats, or run string through the paper to drape over the child as an apron.
- Ask children to help you create play dough from the following recipe: mix together 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 cups water, 4 tablespoons cream of tarter, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Cook in a saucepan on medium heat until the mixture comes away from the sides. Let cool. Separate play dough into smaller portions and set out so children (with your help) can add color and knead dough until color is evenly distributed.
- Provide rolling pins and cookie cutters so children can create their pretend snacks. Make observations about children's work: "Kayla, you're making a blue star cookie. Josh, your snack is green and shaped like a heart." Encourage children to experiment with different shapes and colors for their cookies. Photograph the process.
- After the "snacks" have been made, encourage children to help with cleanup. Display the colorful snacks where everyone can admire children's work.
Curriculum Connection: Math
Sorting snacks. Set out the play dough snacks on a table and ask children to gather around. Ask them which snacks look similar. Why do they look similar? Invite children to sort snacks according to their similarities. Some children will sort snacks by color, others by shape, still others by size or thickness.
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