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Role play corner during spring

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 spring.

 

It's raining, it's pouring
Transform your role play area to represent a picnic in the rain. You will need raincoats and rain boots in different sizes so that children can dress up for this imaginary picnic in the rain. Don't forget colourful umbrellas...they are a must when it is pouring outside!

 

Fill picnic baskets with a variety of plastic food items children can use to play. Use real picnic baskets, lunchboxes, or even brown paper bags. Set a bright shower curtain on the floor to represent a tablecloth and prepare for a wet feast!

 

Springtime cookie shop
Turn your kitchen area into a springtime cookie shop. We all know how children love cookies. Give them the chance to create unique cookies in all kinds of shapes.

 

Prepare several recipes of homemade modeling dough so that you have different colors. Provide cookie cutters and cookie sheets in your kitchen area and let children prepare pretend cookies. If you wish, you can add glitter and/or coloured sugar. Children will love to sprinkle their cookies with these products.

 

When you are done baking pretend cookies, why not bake real cookies with your group? Here is a recipe for Jell-O cookies. The color of these cookies reminds me of spring. They are a lot of fun to make, but feel free to use your favourite cookie recipe if you prefer.

 

Jell-O Cookies

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 3 (3 oz) boxes of Jell-O (springtime colors)

Steps:

  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until it's creamy. Add the sugar and mix until texture is light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg, vanilla, and dry ingredients, stirring constantly until dough is homogeneous.
  3. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of a different Jell-O flavour on each portion to create three different colors of dough.
  4. Knead the balls of dough to completely incorporate the color. You may add a few drops of food coloring if you wish to obtain brighter colors.
  5. Make small balls with the dough (approx. 2 cm diameter) and roll them in the remaining Jell-O crystals of the corresponding color.
  6. Arrange the balls of dough on a cookie sheet, approximately 2 cm apart. Use the bottom of a drinking glass or a small bowl to flatten the cookies.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F. Allow cookies to cool completely before eating them!


Happy spring!


Caroline Allard
Early childhood educator


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