Preschool Fairy Unit : Play Materials
When our twins get interested in a new topic I usually do three things.
First: Start observing, listening and taking notes. Often their conversations during play tell me the most about what they are learning and interesting in exploring.
Second: Look for books. I love children's books and literacy is my favorite topic to teach, so it is a natural way for me to extend learning. I think a good book can truly enhance learning in countless ways.
Third: Gather materials and brainstorm environment ideas.
We do activities and have group time, but most of the learning happens naturally through play around here. One of my biggest roles is preparing the environment to stimulate ideas, questions and learning. Here are some of the materials we had in our environment during our Fairy Unit.
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Our twins love imaginative play. When they are introduced to new characters in books or movies or meet an interesting person they often run off to pretend to be that character. They explore ideas and roles through their play. For our Fairy Project our dramatic play props were simple.
Fairy Wings: I found ours in the dollar section at Target, but there are similar ones available on Amazon right now.
Fairy Wands: Some wings come with wands, but I also shared directions for making these simple nature inspired wands in this post.
Tinkerbell is one of our favorite fairy characters and Tinkerbell, as you may know, is a Tinker Fairy. Our kids quickly latched onto this idea and building because one of the tasks of fairies when they were playing. I added some additional materials to the block area to expand this play.
Flower Garden Tinkering: The above tray was added to our building area to inspire some fairy tinkering. My son usually pretends to be Tinkerbell when they play fairies, but my daughter prefers Rosetta, the flower fairy. Adding these blocks encouraged her to build flowers and participate more in all the tinkering. It has fences from a Farm Block Set, gems from the flower section at the craft store, rocks, and blocks from this darling Fairy Castle Block set.
Tinkertoys: These are fun manipulatives for preschoolers. TinkerToys (available on Amazon) are open ended, great for a variety of projects and encourage fine motor skills.
Toolboxes: We have two toolboxes (amazon link) and these were also rotated into the block area during our fairy project. Every tinker fairy needs tools.Best Books about Fairies
Little People: At the time we began our Fairy Project we only had one little pretend fairy. (My super-aunt sister has since made them a large collection of amazing peg fairies) Little People were placed in a basket by the fairy tinkering materials to be used as fairies.
These materials were brought out gradually over the course of a week as I gathered them and as interests emerged. Do not feel like you need to transform your entire classroom or home overnight. Start small and see where their interests and questions take them next.
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*Check here for our list of Best Books about Fairies to also include in your reading area.
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