Easy Kindergarten Sensory Bin Ideas

Easy Kindergarten Sensory Bin Ideas

Fun sensory bins that children will learn from do not need to be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. We have all seen the beautiful Pinterest and Instagram worthy creations out there with gorgeous toys and hand-dyed sensory materials. I would love to play in those bins myself but as a teacher with a limited personal budget and no money from the school to buy sensory bin materials I need to find simple, cheap ideas that I do not need to spend a whole night creating. 

I love sensory bins because they incorporate different skills such as fine-motor, social, communication, co-operation, literacy and math. 

Creating a Kingdom/Castle themed Dramatic Play Center

Creating a Kingdom/Castle themed Dramatic Play Center

 

Hello/Bonjour!

Today I want to show you how I set up a kingdom/castle themed dramatic play center. 

I love dramatic play areas as they are an excellent way to foster communication, socialization, imagination and literacy/math skills. 

There are many items I have sourced over the years to bring out when I create this center, those items include:
*fabric for capes
*plastic crowns
*old halloween costumes for Princesses/Princes or knights
*stuffed dragon/horses
*jewels for sensory bin

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 2- Write the room and Math around the room

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 2- Write the room and Math around the room

Hello/Bonjour!

Welcome to part 2 of my back to school math and literacy series. In my last post which you can read here, I talked about how to use my back to school math centres in the first few weeks of school. 

Today I am talking about an exciting series of sets that your students will love! Students enjoy these around the room sets as they are active, engaging and fun! 

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 1- Math Centers

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 1- Math Centers

Hello/Bonjour!

It's that time again...back to school! As much as teachers want to enjoy their summer, we know that getting things accomplished during the summer break makes going back that much smoother.  

That is why I like to prep and organize activities for the first few weeks so I can concentrate on learning about my new students, observing and assessing their abilities and laying the groundwork for a successful year. 

These literacy and math back to school centers are engaging for students and are available in English and French! I will use pictures of both sets throughout the post but the sets are the same no matter the language. 

Fun French Fall and Halloween Activities for the Primary Classroom





Looking for some fun math and literacy activities to use in your primary French classrooms this Fall and Halloween?


I love this time of year, especially in the classroom, there is so much learning to be done!

I love letting the students explore pumpkins up close. I usually cut the tops off the pumpkins and allow them to scoop out the insides so they can smell and feel all the elements. After their sensory exploration there is the opportunity to use the pumpkin seeds for hands on math inquiries.




If you want something less messy for your Fall and Halloween math activities check out these math around the room sets. These sets will have your students engaged while they are practising their shape recognition and patterning skills.











I made this pumpkin slime from a recipe I found on Pinterest (I don't remember the exact ingredients but there are a lot of different recipes on there). I like students to describe in words what the slime feels like so they can practice using French adjectives.



If students need some practice with their Fall and Halloween words these write the room sets are perfect for learning vocabulary. 










Let me know in the comments your favourite way to incorporate French into your Fall and Halloween activities.

Penny 

How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center


   Today I am going to show you a dramatic play center you can use for your classroom, homeschool or for your kids home on summer holidays! There are many benefits to children participating in dramatic play activities such as improving their language and vocabulary and learning to communicate and co-operate with others.  This birthday party themed center I will show you today also includes activities for writing and number work as well.  


The birthday party sets are available in English and French so I will be showing pictures of both versions.

If you missed the last post on setting up a surf shop themed dramatic play center click here.

How to set-up the dramatic play center 

I like to try to find as many old materials for my dramatic play centers from my closet as I can (mostly from my mothers house), or ask other teachers/parents to donate any items they don't need. I'm sure friends/family have some old-fashioned wrapping paper from the 80's lying around that is too embarrassing to wrap with but that the kids won't mind using. To make it more environmentally friendly ask for old gift bags instead so they can easily be reused over and over. I also like to have the children make the items for the area so having them create their own bows, party hats, streamers, banners and birthday cards is even better. 

How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center
English version 
How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center
French version 

Included in the set are signs for the different stations as well as the job badges for each person in the center. The number of jobs in the center depend on how many students you allow in at a time, I usually allow 4 at a time to encourage sharing and to prevent overcrowding.

Every party, even a pretend one, needs a game to play! This game is set up like pin the tail on the donkey but instead you need to put the bone on the dog's mouth. I like to laminate the bones and put a bit of sticky tack on the back so the game can be played over and over. To include a writing element the kids could write their names on their bones so they can see where their bone ended up. Blindfolding and/or spinning may not be allowed in your class for safety reasons so choose the game rules that suit your class and situation. 


How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center
French version


How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center
English version 

I love an opportunity for my students to get in some reading and writing practice in while they are playing, and the included signs, checklists, invitations and thank you cards provide just that. Students get to practice writing names, numbers, places, and time. If I don't want to use too many photocopied pages I will laminate everything and let students write and wipe. 
How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center
French version
How to set up a Birthday Party themed dramatic play center
English version 
You can see in the right picture that a birthday cake recipe is included, this is where I like to put some measuring cups and cake/muffin pans into the center as well so they can get used to the idea of measuring. I love that they can practice reading an following procedures while they are playing!

There are more items included in these sets, to view the product and see more of what's included click the picture for the French or English version below. 

Thanks for reading!






Setting up a dramatic play area- Surf Shop

    Do you need a fun summer activity for your classroom or homeschool? A dramatic play area offers children the chance to play while expanding their literacy, numeracy, communication and social skills- and they don't even know it! 

    In this post I will show you tips and tricks on how to use and set up a surf shop themed dramatic play area using my dramatic play surf shop set. This set comes in both English and French- the pictures below are from the French version but the English version is the same.

Tips and tricks on setting up a surf shop themed dramatic play centre



    Some of the items included in the set are the open/closed signs, a recipe for lemonade, a menu for surfside snacks and an ordering sheet. I love how students can practice reading and following procedures even if they are making pretend lemonade!

Tips and tricks for setting up your own dramatic play area

    In addition to surfside snacks, there is also a surf shop and rental shop where customers can purchase different beach items. This is where you may need to find or ask for donated items that can be used. In this case we made our own leis which was a fun craft add-on. I love how my students got practice with using money and trying to add up totals. A customer who bought this product said it was great for using as a money centre for older grades! 

How to set up a surf shop themed dramatic play center

     If your students, like mine, need a little physical activity in their play there are also stations to sign up for hula lessons, surf lessons and a sandcastle competition (a great way to include your sensory bin)! I bought grass skirts from the dollar store and we cut out a large surfboard from a cardboard box and painted it. If you notice in the pictures there are job badges for every station from cashiers to instructors to sandcastle judges. I like to laminate and string the name tags for students to wear, if you don't have a job tag you need to wait your turn to get in to the center! 

Throw in some beach towels, chairs and sand toys and your students will have a blast!

Click the photo to check out everything included in the set- there is more than I have room to mention!