Mary Poppins and I added a few different things in our home center this week — a play shopping cart, clipboards, pens, pencils, paper, word cards and a variety of food boxes. When explaining centers, we told the kiddos they could plan their Thanksgiving meals and go shopping.
Oh my word, they were really into this activity! We made multiple copies of Thanksgiving shopping lists, and they blew through most of those papers on Monday. Of course, they could have just used blank paper, but the shopping lists added a bit of novelty to the activity.
The kiddos did a wonderful job writing lists based on the word cards we had on a pocket chart nearby. I love integrating literacy into pretend play! The children get the chance to see that literacy is part of everyday life, not just school. Plus, in this case, they’re acting out something very meaningful to them — planning meals, writing shopping lists, and going grocery shopping. The children see their parents doing this, and young children get a lot out of pretending to be adults.
I enjoyed listening to them read the lists to each other and talk about what they planned to make on Thanksgiving! I realize there are only girls in my photos, but many of the boys enjoyed this center, too. They just didn’t much care for me taking pictures of them! Have you done something like this in your classroom’s home center? If so, I’d love to hear about it.