Travel/ Going on Vacation theme

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  1. JenK26

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    Hi fellow preschool teachers,
    Next week's theme is going on vacation. I am struggling to come up with some centers. Does anyone have some suggestions? I"d appreciate it. Thanks!
     
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    I am wondering how to revamp the dramatic play area. These children, while middle class, have had no experience with planes, trains, travel agency and anything. They know a bus drives you through the city, and takes you to the library....but that is it!

    I would imagine there would need to be some car painting in your theme, and cars in playdough. Eating snack either out of a lunch box or out of a paper bag outside....on a picnic.....
     
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    Why don't you set up dramatic play with a beachy/ Hawaiian theme. You could put out lays (i have no idea how to spell that) and set up beach chairs, towels and umbrellas. The dollar store has a ton of stuff. Put sand in the sensory bin with castle making stuff, and place shells in the science area. You could also play Hawaiian music. It might be fun to paint beach murals to hang up in the dramatic play area. You could even make a fake surfboard for the children to stand on in front of their mural, and take a picture like they're surfing.

    You could go another way and use this as an opportunity to study other countries. You could put out a big map with some places marked out like France, Italy, Australia, Africa etc. and change your centers around to represent different countries, cities, cultures etc. For example: You could work on fractions with fake pizzas for Italy, or you could set up dramatic play like a castle for England. You could make little pouches for them to carry babies in like marsupials of Australia. These are just ideas off the top of my head. I'm sure you can come up with better stuff once you wrap your head around it. Just make sure you keep it on their level.

    I Hope that helps!
     
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    Just by adding props to each area can turn your center into a vacation theme.
    Maps
    Magazines and books about vacation spots
    A restaurant
    add some park and/or attraction items to the play yard
    suitcases packed with clothes
     
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    Show them maps and have them draw maps. If you show them Google Earth they can get an idea of what a map is - looking at their neighborhood from above. Do a map of the school and have little prizes when you follow the map to explore it.

    Make neighborhoods or streets, roads, etc. from blocks and building from boxes or whatever.

    Ask them what are ways to get places. They can draw and dictate how and then explore ways they hadn't thought of.

    Ask them to journal where they have been and share it.

    Make a pretend hotel in the dramatic play area.

    Turn it into a social science study of different areas.

    I saw a neat cityscape kids had made by painting boxes to be light highrises. The teacher had cut holes for the windows and then they put strings of lights in the boxes so it looked like a city had night.

    Pack a suitcase - practice folding, deciding what should be in it, a memory game of what was in it, counting what was in it???

    Make pretend suitcases out of folded paper with a handle and have them cut out pictures of clothes from magazines to go inside.

    Eat food from different countries.

    Make cars out of boxes and have them pretend to drive places.

    Hey, I have never done this before but the possibilities are endless.
     
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    What would you put in the drama area?

    A great thing we came up with was to find an OLD ATLAS at a thrift store and add it to the ok to cut box. The pages have found their way into many projects like pirate maps and dream destinations.
    The kids were very afraid to cut it at first though.
     
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    What about old cameras or pretend cameras?

    Hiking boots and sticks?

    Backpacks?

    Suitcases?

    Plane/train tickets?

    Ice chest and camping stuff?

    Dorky tourist clothes? :lol:

    Ohh....scrapbooks, postcards, souvenirs, foreign money

    I need to do a better job changing out my dramatic play stuff - I must admit this is a weakness. I feel I have too many balls in the air sometimes and this is one that regularly falls.
     
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    I hear you scmom....I have an all boy class often. Too often. I have gotten pretty slick at a changing that center out, but it isn't because I like the idea....it is because otherwise it goes un used. Or worse just turns into dump and fill zone. Dump and fill is great...if you are 1 or 2 but after that age it really isn't a good use of a whole center (In my opinion) so I change it to keep it fresh and engaging.

    But this one did stump me.
     
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    For the dramatic play area you can paint a large refridgerator box as a bus, car, airplane, train, etc. and you can put chairs in it for the kids to sit on.

    Vacation props:
    airplane/bus/train tickets
    backpacks/small lugagge
    plastic pretend cameras
    clothes for the kids to put in their suitcases
    for cars you could make a little gas tank out of a box and some refridgorator tubing, using something at the end for a nozzle, or buy the small little plastic gas tank toy)

    At the writing center:

    You can have postcards, where the students can draw about their journey and "write" about it.

    Art:
    car painting (roll hot wheel cars through paint)
    tire crayon rubbings (peeled crayons, paper and cut a small piece of tire for the students to use to rub, which creates a crayon rubbing of a tire.)
    coloring with crayon wheels (melted crayons in muffin tins makes wheel shape).
    Trains wheels (spool) painting: have students make stamps using paint and the end of sewing spools, (they look like train wheels).
    Transportation Creation: give the student materials, such as small boxes, cardboard pieces, popsicle sticks, pom-poms, glue, scissors, scraps of paper, yarn, beads, pipe cleaners, q-tips, cut up toilet paper rolls etc. to let them create an open-ended transportation vehicle of their choice.

    Manipulative activities:
    train pattern cards (unifix cubes) children continue unifix train pattern that is on card

    train sorting (cover shoeboxes in construction paper of different colors, those are the train cars, have small toys for each color, students sort objects by color into correct train car.)

    transportation puzzles

    put colored cars into right colored parking spot (make parking lot and have spaces labeled with a colored square of construction paper inside it and students put car of corresponding color in that spot.)

    Writing:
    postcards
    making maps

    Woodworking:
    mechanic: hammering golf tees, drilling with drill and design toy, etc.)

    texture table:
    sand/gravel and trucks

    water and boats

    wet sand and buckets and shovels for sand castles


    Block area:

    laminated paper runways for airport
    transportation theme rug
    legos/with wheels
    wooden buildings/wooden blocks/transportation vehicles

    Science:
    ramp/things that roll
    sink and float
    transportation noises (what makes that noise?)

    snack:
    cheerio, bananna, etc. wheels
    banana boats
    school bus snacks
    traffic light snack
    to-go-travel trail mix

    reading corner:
    different nonfiction and fiction transportation and travel themed books

    story/song:
    transportation books, songs, fingerplays, and poems

    Large motor:
    ride-on cars
    stop and go signs
    red light, yellow light, green light
    human train, chugga-chugga-choo-choo
    flying airplane arms
    different movement songs related to transportation
    scooter boards
     
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    Hey, turns out that the kids have only "cabin camped" and are in love with the idea of tent camping. So, we are tent camping in dramatic play.

    Yesterday, they made marshmellow (cotton balls) on sticks (skewers). They also made a fishing game themselves creating the fish, I covered in contact paper, and then added the clip and created the pole out of skewers that had the tips removed.

    I think today they wanted to make stars for the ceiling.
     
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    Oh I love the camping theme!
     
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    What else do you do for camping?
     

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