Friday, September 25, 2009

Barbie Play School In A Cardboard Box

Last year, when "E" was having
some major anxiety about starting kindergarten,
we made this mini classroom
to role play what a typical day at school might be like.

It really helped her calm her fears.

I printed an alphabet chart, some classroom charts,
and a color wheel (of course) off the internet.

You can Google classroom pictures (or visit teacher blogs)
and just print out their photos of bulletin board displays, etc.

You could get super crafty and just make your own
but she wanted it to be"authentic" (it's one of her favorite big words.)

Using an empty copy paper box from daddy's office,
(remember our Little House in the Big Woods box?)
we glued construction paper to the "walls"and added the printed pictures, and a felt rug.

Our Barbies and Kelly dolls have had quite a lot of fun there.

That's Miss Poisson, the teacher.
She's really nice.
Sometime they take field trips to the Ocean Sensory Box and swim with the fishies.

Since "C" started preschool this week, we've been back to
playing in our little school.

Practicing taking turns. Sitting on the circle. Singing school songs. 
Saying the pledge of allegiance (with a tiny toothpick flag).
Reading the calendar and the weather. Having tiny snacks.
Playing outside on the playground.
And of course, having the Barbie moms drop the kids off
and pick them back up at the end of school.

Somedays they take the Fisher Price Little People Bus.
How fun would this be in a real preschool classroom?
(a mini replica of your own classroom?!)

It's a really great way to help your kid's
work on some big scary feelings in the comfort of your own home.

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