Play in Kindergarten is an important social time. However, in todays classroom, play is the last thing on our list and is sometimes frowned upon by our admins.
This is a great way to disguise your play areas and make them more meaningful. This product has seven play areas described as departments. The covers can be stapled to the cover of a 3 prong folder or put in the insert of a 3 ring binder. Have blank paper in the folder/binder and let students write about what they did in the department that day.
The Engineering Dept - Blocks/Legos
The Art Dept - Painting/PlayDoh/Clay
The Technology Dept - Computers/iPads
The Home Economics Dept - Housekeeping
The Writing Development Dept - Free Writing
The Theater Dept - Puppet Theater/Dress Up
The Problem Solving Dept - Puzzles/Brain Games
Have 2 or 3 journals in each area for each student to write in so no turns have to be taken. Then they can draw or write about what they did that day. Encourage student writing in other areas besides writing workshop or work on writing time.
If you can think of other departments, I will be glad to add them. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org