Monday, October 03, 2011

Apple Bakery Dramatic Play

I try my hardest to switch out our dramatic play center about every 2-3 weeks. Despite how exhausting/time consuming/stressful it can be. It probably wouldn't be that stressful to most people, but for some reason I feel the need to really carry the ideas all the way out.

This time last year, we actually did pumpkins AND THEN apples, because we were taking a field trip to a pumpkin patch. Therefore, our dramatic play area was a pumpkin patch. I was even brave enough to put a wagon in there!

This year, since we are doing apples first, I thought I would do an apple pie bakery. I already have a lot of fake apples, so I put them all out. Bought some pie tins, added plates, spatulas, rolling pins, and some empty spice containers.

I also made a dramatic play set similar to the one I made for a picnic. It includes menus, ordering cards, small item pictures, and some food word cards to be displayed.

Do you have a dramatic play area in your classroom? (probably only if you teach pre-school :) ) If so, do you do anything special for apples or change out the area much?

P.S. I added a touch of Halloween to my blog for the month of Oct. with a Halloween inspired background!

P.S.S. This set is now available for purchase in my TpT store and Teacher's Notebook Store


Katherine said...

Love it Erin!! I changed my dramatic play area for our apple theme. I made it more of an apple orchard....we had baskets, I painted a paper tree and put on the wall, had fake apples, cash register etc. The kids LOVE when I change the theme, looking forward to seeing more ideas you have for dramatic play area :)

Erin Lukas said...

Thanks Katherine! I will probably leave the tree up for pumpkins, add pumpkins, cash register, prices, and some hay I have painted on paper too! I left pumpkins and apples together last time and will probably do the same again. I as going to put some apples on the tree in the dramatic play area, but I figured the kiddos would just pull them off and the tree would rip, so it can be decoration-sans apples! :)

Kristin said...

So fun! I wish I was in preschool and you were my teacher!!! :) PS Congrats on being a fellow guest blogger for Frogs, Bees and Under the Seas! Woo hoo!!!!!!! I'm in good company!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Angela Tate said...

Could you post the apple dramatic play props on your tpt store?

Erin Lukas said...

Angela I'm glad you asked! :) I was curious to see what the interest level would be in purchasing that item (and/or the counting cards posted in my Apple Preview post)because I would have to purchase a license from Just So Scrappy before I could see these items and I want to see if the license would be worth it! It is certainly something I am considering and will let you know if I do :)

Tater Tot said...

Super! Let me know! I would purchase both, counting cards and center materials!

Erin Lukas said...

I have added the dramatic play set to both TpT and TN! I will be uploading both sets of counting cards (separately) here soon! :)

Fishernnqk said...

Could you post the apple dramatic play props on your tpt store?

Erin Lukas said...

Fishernnqk-- it is available in my Apples, Apples, Apples unit!

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