Role play area during summer
Modifying the contents of your various corners according to the themes explored can be interesting, but you can also change the materials offered and the subjects presented according to the seasons. Here are a few suggestions for your role play area during summer months.
If you wish, arrange the contents of your role play area in a container or suitcase and bring everything outside. Children will love to explore its contents in the yard. You may also want to let children nap outside, under small tents normally used in your role play area, to take advantage of the beautiful days of summer.
Camping is a popular activity for many families in the summer. Some children will remember camping experiences with their family, others will discover camping for the first time, but everyone is sure to have fun if you transform your role play area to represent a campsite!
Ideas for setting up a campsite indoors (or outdoors):
- One or two dome-style tents (they can be set up without using stakes). If you do not have a tent, you can easily use blankets or your parachute to build your own.
- A table for meals. You can use a child-size picnic table or the table children normally eat at. Deposit a checkered tablecloth on it to give it an "outdoorsy" look.
- A campfire is an essential part of camping. Use real logs or rolled up pieces of brown construction paper. Add red and yellow tissue paper flames.
- Hang decorative lighting or lanterns.
- Set up your tent near a window to take advantage of the natural light and to create the illusion that you are camping in the great outdoors.
- To make your experience even more real, cut large tree shapes out of white paper and have children paint them. Display them on a wall, next to your tent. Add plastic decorative items such as birds, squirrels, flowers, etc.
- Print "educa-decorate" illustrations in the educatall club.
Let's talk about accessories. Here is a non-exhaustive list of items that can be both fun and interesting additions to your campsite. Having several accessories on hand will make it possible to change the look of your campsite throughout the summer and attract children to it.
- Plastic or paper plates and glasses
o Of course, paper plates and glasses are less environmentally friendly than plastic ones, but you can sometimes find paper plates with pretty designs that will be attractive for the children in your group.
- Colourful cooking utensils
o Visit your local dollar store to find a variety of plastic cooking utensils (spatulas, silicone basting brushes, tongs, BBQ mitts, etc.).
- Empty condiment containers
o Ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise are always popular. Use traditional red, yellow, and white containers or recycled containers. Add salt and pepper shakers, empty milk cartons and juice bottles, etc.
- Plastic food items.
- Plastic insects, frogs, and grass snakes.
- Sleeping bags or naptime mats.
- Deck of cards and simple board games.
- Everything you need to go to the swimming pool: flip-flops, swimming goggles, towels, bathing suits, sunscreen, etc. You can add all these items to a special summer bin that can be used year after year!
- Rain gear... after all, it sometimes rain when we go camping!
- If you have a small toy barbecue, children will love to play with it and prepare a variety of popular camping food.
- If a child's family owns a tent or travel trailer or enjoys wilderness camping, invite his/her parents to come talk to your group about their camping adventures. Children would love to visit their tent trailer or travel trailer if the parents agree to it.
- Serve a special camping-themed lunch (hot dogs or hamburgers prepared on the barbecue).
- Pretend to roast marshmallows on your pretend campfire.
- If there is a campground near your daycare, ask permission to visit it with your group.
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