Castle- Imaginary Play

You will need to Create, Collect, or Get Donations for the Following:

• Several Very large Refrigerator boxes painted to look like the stone walls of a castle including a drawbridge!
Turn a few chairs into throne’s
* Treasure Box
• Hobby horses maybe a rocking horse
• Crowns and tiaras
• A wishing well
* a mote- use blue butcher paper or blue plastic wrap
• Dragon
• Knight shields
• Roll newspaper into balls tape closed
* Dungeon, Blacksmith, Kitchen, Princess Quarters, Knight’s Armory
• Any other ideas?

Side view of Throne Room we decided to address the wall by lining it with cardboard and creating a fireplace and wall sconces with removable torches

Our Stable
I made signs used spray glue to attach them to cardboard gave them more stability and attached them to the castle wall
Front view with mote
Wall sconces turned out amazing I love the torches made from paper towel tubes and tissue paper
Fire place made from recycled packing material
Treasure Chest and Flags
Thrones made from my childrens patio furniture. I spray painted them gold and glued jewels to them

We created a working drawbridge. We stenciled boards and nails onto it to give it an authentic look
Each of the “Watch Towers” has a door and at least one pull window (there is a loop to allow easy closure)
The Blacksmith area. My favorite there are tools and materials including horse shoes and shields to work on hammers and tongs because you can’t touch the things you are working on with your hands it would be to hot with the fire.
I actually started with the lower fire and then realized when working and looking down you won’t see it so I added a top fire as well.

Fireplace in throne room
Knights armory
The princess dressing room here is the shoe and jewelry area
Dresses and a full length mirror
curtains for privacy in the Princess Dressing RoomLooking out of the throne room
With Drawbridge up. Both sides of the drawbridge have a plank look.
The Dungeon while there is nothing inside I felt we needed a Dungeon. All castles have them right?

The shields in the armory
Cannon balls for war
The rope is attached by two round hooks and then again attached so that it can be closed by one child

The whole castle was made by three boxes (more were needed for accessories) The “Watch Towers were made using a washer/dryer box each and the top castle and drawbridge were a refrigerator box.

Another take on the Castle Theme using Fairy Tales!

The thing that looks kind of like rope in the front is Rapunzals hair coming down from the loft. There were ribbons, flowers, and clothespins so the kids could decorate her hair

May Pole! This turned out so pretty!

Fire for the blacksmith

Princess and the pea. A sleeping bag laid down, put the peas underneath. Have the kids lay down and see if they can feel the pea

Goose that lays the golden eggs

Golden eggs

One of my favorite additions the apothecary. In each of the little baggies were spices and herbs for the kids to smell. they were tied shut with a knot so the the kids could not open them just smell and enjoy.And talk about what they were smelling spicey, sweet etc.

Making potions. Some science bottles glued shut so the kids could pretend to make potions

Jacks beans. Sealed shut

The beanstalk climbing up the loft

Another pic of the beautiful may pole

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Space Station- Imaginary Play

• Voting Booth to create outerspace backdrop
• Space suits, goggles, gloves, coveralls

You will need to Create, Collect, or Get Donations for the Following:
• A Very Large Refrigerator box either cover it in foil or paint it silver

• The Spaceship can be round or square with towers. Windows or Portholes cut out would be fun
• Pie tins attached can be control knobs
• Make astronaut helmets for the kids (milk jugs)
DIRECTIONS:
Trim the neck off the jug
Cut an opening for the child’s face
Cut a slit from the bottom of the face opening to the neck so the child can get the helmet on easily
Cover the edges with tape (duct, masking, or electrical tape work best)
Spray the jug with non-toxic silver paint or cover with foil

• Use voting back drop to create Outerspace
• Old snow boots spray painted silver
• Globe
• Control panel (does anyone have Computer Monitors we can use) we need as many buttons , switches, lights, beeps and controls as possible
• Make planets (perhaps Paper Mache or Bouncy Balls)
• Little Christmas lights, strobe light, small blinking lights
• Glow in the dark stars
• Old calculators and kitchen timers
• Old computer keyboards and head phones etc.
• Try making an intercom system made from PVC pipes or Dryer Vent Tubes that go from the rocket to mission control desk.
• Jetpacks made from two 2liter bottles duct taped together add should straps
• Moon rocks (rocks and Styrofoam pieces spray painted silver)
• Scale and rulers to measure “Moon Rocks” and chart to record findings
• Head phones
• Space Terrain- Bubble wrap
• Board with computer parts for touching and exploring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previous years photos

Below is just a cool work station they will be doing
I wrote LPPP with stars on the backdrop which we spray painted black
The computers are on a wooden stand one has a camera that is facing out so the kids can see themselves the other has a screen saver going of different space scenes. The Keyboards are not connected so the kids can play on them without changing the screen



Our Virtual Space Area. There are glow in the dark stars a black light and layers and layers of bubble wrap and packed air packing products taped together to create a Virtual Space area


We ligned the top of the under loft area with lights
One of my favorite things ever a Space Ship Fix- it area. Above this board it says ” What Makes a Spaceship Work?” The kids can plug and unplug cords, ribbons, etc. They can move and remove memory cards, RAM, and other pieces.
The back is all anti- static bags
This was made from computer parts I had in my garage!

Above you can see our communication system it connects to the spaceship
Moon rock exploration: The kids can weigh, measure and log their findings

Our Science Lab There are Test Tubes filled with different liquids, beads etc. There are science bottles and baggies
The above baggie is one of my favorites I have ever made it is Styrofoam packing peanuts, hair gel, and glitter.

Space bag
Our Gravitiy, Inertia, Propolsion Testing
We created this out of cardboard packing material





We have a basket at the bottom and a bucket connected to a pulley system that takes the bucket up to the loft

Kaia dressed in her astronaut apparel
We have a space set aside for the Astronaut apparel and accessories to be stored
The inside of the Spaceship, a light strand is attached to the top top light the spaceship
Dryer vent tubes attached to rubber gloves are used for space exploration and plastic bowls from the Dollar Tree make lookouts.


Egg cartons attached to the top create texture

Our solar system made from wood trim from Home Depot and different sized bouncy balls balanced on the wood

In the back is a giant Sun the kids worked on

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Super Hero

The Kids made Super Hero capes! We set out a blue tarp and made clouds so they could fly through the sky.

Vet/ Pet Store- Imaginary Play

There are three sections to this Imaginary Play center:
1. A pet shop with animal and and pet supplies for sale
2. A groomer’s table with (empty) shampoo bottles, brushes, combs, ribbons, and bandana’s
3. A vet table with medical kit, bandages, lab coats, etc (perhaps a waiting area as well?)
The School/ Teacher Barbara has the Following:
• Vet supplies, stethoscope and other medical type items
• Some pet storage
• Some pet carriers
• A few Bug and animal containers
• Cash Registers
• Wire shelving is in the shed to create the “pet shop” in the back

• We will need animals realistic stuffed toys that can be recognized as pets (natural colors please no pink or purple puppies and kitties), rubber snakes, plastic fish, frogs, lizards and other pets.
• Use furniture in Imaginary Play to create grooming table, vet’s table, etc.
• Create a back drop for the Vet/Pet store
• Pet crates and carriers, dog houses and pet beds (clean please), cat posts, hamster cages,
• Pet supplies leashes, bowls, collars, fish tank, bird cages, pet toys, boxes/ packages of pet treats and food – emptied cleaned out stuffed with newspaper and tapped closed
• Visit pet stores and ask for donations use donations letter make sure you sign it and leave your contact info (among other things ask for the little cardboard containers you take home a new pet in)
• Items for Vet: gauze, tongue depressors, pill bottles, syringes, bandages without the needle (just plunger part) eye droppers other vet related items
• Visit Vets office and ask for donations use donations letter make sure you sign it and leave your contact info (ask for X rays that didn’t turn out right among other things…the kids won’t care if they are a bit blurry)
• Visit Groomers and ask for donations use donations letter make sure you sign it and leave your contact info
• Pet brushes, combs, empty shampoo bottles, toy hair dryers
• Perhaps have kids bring in pictures of them with their pets?
• Books about animals
• If you are unable to get carriers for pets makes some out of cardboard boxes
*Baby bath for groomers
* File box for vet clinic with files
*Prescription bottles for vet
• Anything else you can think of?








We had a groomers station setup

A cashier station for the pet store
And medical supplies for the Vet

Charts with pics of the stuffed animals for the Vets to fill out



Exam tables
X rays and a light table

Adding a plastic tote with some plastic fish small nets and ziploc baggies to put them creates a game and an aquarium area
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Camping and Native American Village- Imaginary Play






• Two small child size tents or one small two man tent (they will be well used so make sure you are comfortable with that)

• A couple of small sleeping bags





• Small flashlights
• Small backpacks
• Child size beach/ lawn chairs
• Small cooler
• Pots and pans (from dramatic play center)
• Picnic blanket
• Maps
• Campfire (a ring of rocks with firewood or sticks in the middle)

• Sticks with cottonballs glued to the ends (roasting marshmallows)

• Fishing poles (sticks with strings tied to them with a magnet at the end)
• Small river with fish (create a river with blue plastic wrap or blue butcher paper use rocks to frame the river and make a path make fish and attach paper clips so kids can go fishing)


I made the river by cutting out a river shape from a piece of dry wall we had left over from a project in my garage. I then spray painted it blue and glued glass stones to it I found at the Dollar Store. I then used plastic wrap to wrap the entire thing in to create a water like look.

• Smallish fake Christmas trees or make trees along the back from butcher paper





• Pinecones, rocks other natural elements
• Green fabric to cover dramatic play shelving to create “Hills”
• Binoculars
• Bug catchers
• Plastic Bugs (school has)
• Woodland animals (realistic looking i.e. nothing pink or purple)Bear, moose, owl etc
• Canteens
• Mosquito netting
• nature netting, make a cave under the stairs hang bats (we can make with toilet paper tubes




What we will need if we go “Camping”:
•Turn the “under loft area” into a Picnic area. We have the table and chairs and the background furniture what we need is to borrow any camping cookware you might have.
•Kids binoculars made from toilet paper tubes start making them now we need at least 10
• Bug catchers * I found this one does someone want to make 5 of them maybe more?
• Christmas trees (smaller we need around 3)
• A couple of small sleeping bags
• Small flashlights
• Small backpacks
• Child size beach/ lawn chairs
• Small cooler
•  silk plants (just to borrow)
• Pots and pans (from dramatic play center)
• Picnic blanket
• Maps, and brochures visit your local city hall. Most have free maps for nature trails etc.
• Campfire (a ring of rocks with firewood or sticks in the middle)create flames from felt
•Sticks with “Marshmallows” (felt or cotton balls) glued to the end. Some with Felt Hot dogs glued to the end
• S’mores made of felt
• A River or stream with fish. I would like the fish to have some kind of magnet on them fishing poles with another magnet so that the kids can actually go fishing for the fish.
•Make a Cave (Black- Blackout curtain two panels)
• Make bats, borrow a giant bear, any other ideas for the cave?
• Canteens
• Mosquito netting
•Compasses made out of cardboard. Maybe around 15 of these. Something similar to this http://bestpractices4teaching.blogspot.com/2013/09/compass-craft.html?m=1&utm_source=feedburner
•I would like to make a waterfall coming down the side of the loft on the staircase/ side where the sink is in the classroom something similar to this
•Please Print out the animal tracks and pictures and laminate them for a game the kids can play in the camping center.
http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/assets/PDF/Animal_Tracks.pdf
• I would also like some animal tracks made for different animals that the kids can set out so 20 of each animal track. Perhaps bears, coyote, mountain lion and deer. The kids can then make a trail with them that their friends will have to track
• Artwork. Does anyone like to paint? I will look but I think we will need at least one art scene of a forest print created.

 

 

• Use vines/ greenery on the staircase rail to the loft as well as on the loft itself

The school has three of the above tent we will need to put together

 

 

 

 

 

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Native American Village

We will need to Create, the following:

* Turn the “under loft area” into the inside of a teepee; native American artifacts etc.
• Cradleboard (papooses needed) there are easy instructions on how to make them online
• Baskets different shapes and sizes
• Gourds, small pumpkins, acorns, raw leather, Indian corn, feathers, other natural elements
• Native American dolls
• Dress up clothes (does anyone have anything?)
• Campfire (a ring of rocks with firewood or sticks in the middle)
• Fishing poles (sticks with strings tied to them with a magnet at the end)
• Small river with fish (create a river with blue plastic wrap or blue butcher paper use rocks to frame the river and make a path make fish and attach paper clips so kids can go fishing)
• Smallish fake Christmas trees or make trees along the back from butcher paper
• Pinecones, rocks other natural elements
• Green fabric to cover dramatic play shelving to create “Hills”
• Plastic Bugs (school has)
• Woodland animals (realistic looking i.e. nothing pink or purple)Bear, moose, owl etc
• nature netting, make a cave under the stairs hang bats (we can make with toilet paper tubes
• Use vines/ greenery on the staircase rail to the loft as well as on the loft itself
• Anything else you can think of?


This was from last year notice the background and natural elements

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