Tag: toddlers

Fostering dramatic play and exploration…

We have specifically chosen materials, which we hope will support and extend the toddler group’s evolving interest and explorations around dramatic play. Dramatic play is also referred to as symbolic, imaginative, or pretend play. “Dramatic play remains an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as… Read more »

Introducing the Light Table

The Light Table

A student stacks three identically shaped blocks, each a different color, one on top of the other. He closely examines this structure, with a dry erase marker in his hand, and pauses for a moment. He then gently places one hand on top of the structure before drawing on it (he understands that it would… Read more »

Musical Shakers

We finally completed our musical shaker project and have been incorporating them into our musical explorations this week.  We’ve also been enjoying singing some Holiday songs–Jingle bells, Rudolf, and a song about Hanukkah.  The children are very excited to share them with you!

Making apple juice from our apple tree

Apple Cider Patchwork School Toddlers

We teachers are grateful for our wonderful natural resources at Patchwork such as the fruit trees and the gardens, which can support an understanding of where food comes from.  The children seem to really enjoy this hands on experience of harvesting produce and then turning it into something delicious!   We used a super awesome… Read more »

Painting with Apples

Painting with Apples Patchwork School Toddlers

The apples have been so plentiful that we’ve been trying to find new ways to interact with them! This week, we had a painting project with the apples. The children experimented with rolling and smearing the apples around on the paper and seeing how the paint blends and squishes.