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Entries in preschool play (45)


at the farmers' market

Avery has been to a farmers' market a few times and I thought it would be fun to set up her own farmers' market stand at home (another opportunity for collaborative pretend play).  She also helped in categorizing the produce (fruits vs. vegetables) and sorting by color.  Avery loved looking through and listening to A Day at the Market.

Sara Anderson brings to life the buzz and energy of a farmers' market with beautiful color and her modern paper-cut style.  The die-cut pages add a fun dynamic and interesting flow to the story and the clever rhymes and dialogue keep little ones engaged.

This post is the second in a series on collaborative pretend play.  The first post in the series was Avery's Bakery.  Thanks to Land of Nod for providing the wooden scale and A Day at the Market.  Other sources: fruit and vegetables by Haba, Plan Toys and IKEA; wooden baskets from Garnish.


working together

Love this little collaboration between Avery and Nate [taken with my iPhone sometime last month].


avery's honey and cheese party

After telling her a few details about our honey and cheese party, I asked Avery if she wanted to have her own party.  Her reply was, "Cheese, honey.  That sounds like fun!"  Avery loved drizzling honey over her cheese sandwich and ate almost all of it.

The  organic honey dipper is from Bambu and some of the play food and accessories are from this breakfast set and Haba Toys.  Thanks to Lately Lily for sending Avery some of their adorable shirts.  It was love at first sight and she was really drawn to their hangtags with Lily's travel stories as well.  This lavender Notre Dame shirt is Avery's favorite.  It is too cute!

to and fro

The Car Transporter, hand-painted and assembled in Poland by Bajo, has beautiful, sturdy construction, smooth textures and is painted in bright primary colors.  The transporter takes two little cars where they need to go, whether it be from room to room or across the rug.  The soft, smooth surfaces and rounded edges are perfect and gentle for a toddler or preschooler's hands.  Stack up some blocks to make a cityscape, lay down a washi tape road and now all you need is someone to direct traffic!  Washi tape road found via Apartment Therapy Family.  Thanks to Land of Nod for sending us the Car Transporter.


avery's bakery

Collaborative pretend play (also called "dramatic play")  is essential for building language, learning everyday scripts, rules of play and social norms, perspective-taking, turn-taking and a host of other important early childhood skills.  I thought Avery would love running a bakery, so I gathered all of her pretend baked goods which included an assortment of breads, cupcakes, a cake and a pie.  I also threw in a couple of strawberries, measuring spoons and jars of jam and honey.  A couple of other details that helped complete Avery's bakery counter were Nod blocks spelling out the word "bakery," a bell for customers to ring and hanging oven mitts.  A rainbow felt garland added some colorful whimsy to the setting as well.  We talked about the kinds of items that bakeries sell and how customers visit and buy things with money.

Sources: Play food collected over the last few years (from IKEA, Haba Toys, Pottery Barn Kids, Plan Toys), wooden trays (Plan Toys), cake stands (Macy's), oven mitts and apron (Anthropologie), bakery boxes (Susiecakes) and play money (Sanrio).

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