R is for Rapunzel
Today I am super excited to be sharing a post for the letter R as part of the A-Z Pretend Play Series on Crafty Kids at Home. 26 amazing bloggers have teamed up to bring you a years worth of amazing pretend play inspiration. Before you hop over to check it out, let me tell you about pretend play in our house!
Pretend play is a constant in our homeschool preschool. Our kids wake up and have conversations about what they are going to pretend to be that day. They get into the car pretending to board a train. They fly down the sidewalk to the gym like airplanes. During free play, they continue to play. Right now, dollhouse play and blocks are the favorites. We have been talking a lot about Rapunzel lately. Earlier this week I shared our Rapunzel building prompt and today's post was a pretty natural extension to this. It involves building and storytelling - two of our favorite things.
R is for Rapunzel Small World Invitation
*Gather the materials listed above.
*In the sensory bin I placed some styrofoam squares. One for each of the three different places Rapunzel lives (home with her parents, the tower, the prince's castle). The styrofoam is optional, but we have a ton on hand right now and it makes a nice flat base for building.
*Around the squares I put some different fillers. You could easily just use one.
*Next places baskets with building blocks and little people.
*Find a version of Rapunzel. Here are our favorites. For this activity I actually used the version from the Storytime Magazine because it was short and simple.
First we talked about the different places that Rapunzel lived. Our twins are pretty familiar with the story at this point so they did this easily. If you need help remembering, flip through the story and look at the pictures together to figure it out. Then we talked about how we could build those places. We each took a square (since there happened to be three of them and 3 of us) and built one of the homes.
Next I read the story aloud and they took turn playing the parts. They chose people for the roles and acted out the scenes. Slightly older children could likely do this on their own and being able to retell stories independently and make up their own complete stories is one of my goals for them this year. They are getting close, they can do it on their own with the aid of a picture book right now pretty well. My next step would be to lay out an invitation like this and let them do it on their own.
Clean up was simple. They were very excited to have these particular loose parts out again so we put all of those in a basket to add to the block area. The blocks and people already had baskets. I wiped down the sensory bin and put it back in storage.
Small People to Play Characters
Blocks (We love these)
Various Fillers (We used seashells, gems, stones, and grass)
Version of Rapunzel
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