I love free play time for my kindergartners, but it is becoming an activity time that is becoming extinct in so many classrooms. It is being replaced by longer rigorous lessons and testing.
Free play promotes creativity, problem solving, originality, and rich language experiences. I could go on and on about the importance and benefits of free play.
I know many teachers dread the idea free play because it means bedlam! Organizing free play time can make all the difference in making this an important part of the kindergarten day. The key to teaching is procedures and management.
This lesson plan includes ways to set up productive free play stations, 6 different areas with 9 activities for each area. Pictures are included for ease of setting up your own free time station.
Enjoy a productive, managed, and organized free time!