Getting Ready for Preschool with Disney Junior!
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There are two things that are pretty obvious here on my little ol’ blog, we LOVE Disney and preschool is a pretty big part of our lives. Not only is Avery a preschooler, but I teach preschool as well, so needless to say, working with her at home is probably just as fun for me as it is for her! I have even taken the extra bedroom and turned it into a classroom style space so she has a place to go and work (play) when the mood strikes! It is different than a playroom and I like to have a lot of things to spark creativity as well as things she can do to work on various academic concepts. Stumbling upon Disney Junior themed back to school learning activities while at Walmart was icing on the cake! Avery loves Sofia, Doc, Jake and Mickey which made her even more eager to play in her classroom, I love that the learning activities fit right in with materials I already had in her room!
I like to set up her learning space in a way that she can work independently or with me on various activities so the shelves have lots of options from the Sofia the First Learning Easel Activity Center to play dough to paints and tapes for open ended art. Let’s take a tour!
Let’s start with the shelf on the left:
Top shelf: CD player because usually Avery likes to belt out the soundtrack to Frozen or Sofia the First while she works.
Middle shelf: Bucket of play dough (we started with bought play dough but then I made my own and just refilled the containers) on the left and on the right the Sofia the First Colors and Shapes Activity Kit.
Bottom shelf: Color sorted crayons in a basket on the left and her very own carousel of washi tape on the right.
Now, onto the shelf on the right;
Top shelf: This is the Sofia the First Learning Easel Activity Center, it is so cool because it is two sided and comes with countless activities for both counting and letter recognition. I started out by setting up a number matching activity, but there are so many more options.
Middle shelf: On the left is the Doc McStuffins Counting Learning Activity Kit and on the right is a bowl holding the rest of the pieces for the Sofia the First easel that is on the top shelf. I grouped the pieces together and stored them in plastic bags so they wouldn’t get mixed.
Bottom shelf: Here there is a full selection of paint as well as some various collage materials for open ended art activities.
Lots of options for activities and the important part to remember is that everything can be switched out and rotated to promote engagement. There are some cards from each set that I put away so she could work on a few at a time and then I could switch them out to keep her interest. Each set has a number of activities so it is perfect for rotation! Plus, because I picked these up at Walmart, they were all super affordable and I was able to get all three of these kits for around $20 total!
What is even better than that, was just how excited she got when we were picking everything out!
Once everything was set up, Avery wanted to start with the Colors and Shapes activity and quickly got to work after I explained the instructions. Excuse the pjs, my child is JUST like her father in that as soon as she gets home, she wants to be in pajamas. The girl just likes to be comfortable. There was a perfect range of activities she could do now and ones that she will need to work up to which, as a preschool teacher, I totally appreciate.
She also enjoyed the Doc McStuffins set and I love that they come with crayons or markers that work on the cards because it is a great way for her to practice the correct way to hold a writing tool. It may be summer, but we are going to be ready to enter our last year of preschool with all these great activities!
Also, I just really need to share one more thing, teachers can 100% tell which children work at home with parents and on their own and which are not and this is so valuable not only for your child’s development, but for relationships and memories as well. This is time you won’t regret spending with your child.
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