Early Childhood experts agree on the importance of play. I dare you to find one expert that says children DON'T benefit from play. . . trust me, you won't find one!
My own daughter was a kindergartner last year and she has been dreading first grade all summer.
She said they aren't allowed to play in first grade! I hope she's wrong but she's probably right.
Standards are climbing and teachers are scrambling to keep up.
No, we don't play all day BUT we DO PLAY! And yes, I believe in the power of play!
Ok, I'm off my high horse.
My kitchen center needed a little attention this year so I've spent the summer collecting and making items to replenish it a little.
Here's what I've been doing:
This is my daughter's kitchen at home.
One thing I've found is that kids prefer playing with the "real deal!" Instead of spending lots of money on fake food simply clean out your own containers instead of throwing them away!
If you keep cans (like the Manwich can in the picture) make sure you open the can from the bottom. It won't have the sharp edges that can cut and when you put it on the shelf it looks like it hasn't been opened yet.
I've also been working on some paper items to put in the center.
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The great thing about play is that they don't need directions. Experts also agree we shouldn't guide play. Kids know how to do it naturally.
So let them play!