It's fall and that means it's time to change the dramatic play center into a Pumpkin Patch! Students learn SO much through play in the dramatic play center. Fill your Pumpkin Patch with math and literacy play opportunities and your students won't even realize they are learning.
You can't have a pumpkin patch without pumpkins. We made pumpkins using paper bags. Just fill, tie, and paint.
Students twisted butcher paper to create the branches on our tree and vines in our pumpkin patch. They crumbled up paper to make the leaves on our tree. They cut and crumbled paper make kettle corn. And made paper cookies for our snack shop. Making props is an authentic way to build all those little fine motor muscles and to develop scissor skills.
Making props take some time. The dramatic play center was closed for four days while we were setting up and creating our pumpkin patch. Students who picked to go to dramatic play during center time, went there to make props not play.
Here is our pumpkin patch! The dirt in the wheel barrow is just crumbled up brown paper. I taped a large piece of brown butcher paper to the ground to create the field. These two farmers are planting more seeds in our pumpkin patch. Look closely and you can see the seed (rock) they are planting.
Hay rides are a must at the pumpkin patches near us. The tractor is just a box with the bottom cut out and a hole cut in the top. The wagon is a yellow piece of poster board I taped to the ground. Students would make sound effects and pretend it was bumpy!
Hungry? Customer could stop by the snack shop to buy some cookies, caramel apples, spiced coffee, and kettle corn.
Students LOVED to pretend to drink spiced coffee just like their moms and dads! Just ask Starbucks and they will give you a few cups for free.
Embedding math, literacy, fine motor, and science concepts into their play is easy if you intentionally plan for it.
Add a scale and students can weigh and compare apples!
Add tickets for students to buy!
Add money for students to count!
Add signs, menus, and labels all over the center for students to read and increase their vocabulary!
Create a student web with their thoughts and ideas. You can see my students wrote at their own level. Some are scribbling, some are writing random letters, and a few are beginning to sound spell. Don't forget that scribbling is the first stage in writing and it has value too!
I know that was a lot to take in. Pin it this image to reference when you need it!
Save time and grab my Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play set from my store. It has tons of printables, patterns, directions, even more classroom photographs, tips and ticks, prop lists, a parent letter, and more.
If you need Fall or Halloween Math and Literacy Centers to take the theme all over your room, I've got you covered too!