Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

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. 
First things first. My students make as many things as possible in the dramatic play center. This is great for two reasons. One, they are the ones creating, developing fine motor skills, and writing! And let me tell you a little secret. If students are in charge of the center, they will be more invested in their play and they will take better care of the props. Two, I don't have to go to the store and spend a ton of money on props!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

You can't have a pumpkin patch without pumpkins. We made pumpkins using paper bags. Just fill, tie, and paint.

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom


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.


How cute is this pumpkin stand? Students painted a few boxes yellow. Then glued yellow paper strips to it to create hay bales! The bags in the middle that are painted yellow, green, and orange are gourds (if you can't tell).

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

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.

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

The corn maze! Students painted the corn stalks which strengthen their upper arm muscles. The yellow tape was the path students could walk on. It went all around the pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

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!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

Hungry? Customer could stop by the snack shop to buy some cookies, caramel apples, spiced coffee, and kettle corn.

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

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.

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

The customers could order pumpkin, apple, or candy corn spiced coffee in small, medium, or large. The pom poms were the spices! Adding tweezers sneaks in some fine motor work. The different sized cups sneaks in math too.

Embedding math, literacy, fine motor, and science concepts into their play is easy if you intentionally plan for it.

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

Add a scale and students can weigh and compare apples!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

Add tickets for students to buy!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

Add money for students to count!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

Add a number line and paper for students to copy numbers and write receipts.

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

Add signs, menus, and labels all over the center for students to read and increase their vocabulary!

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

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!
Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play: How to set it up in your preschool, pre-k, tk, and kindergarten classroom

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!

     

Check out tons of fall activities in action in the blog post below!




3 comments

  1. I'm totally in love with your dramatic play center! You've definitely inspired me and I going to start working on this tomorrow!

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  2. Oh wow, your pumpkin patch dramatic play idea is mind blowing. I am so pleased to see these photos from classroom. Today in my Phoenix kindergarten class I also organised a pumpkin painting contest and used best paintings for class decor. It was such a busy and fun class.

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  3. This is so nice article! I am glad to have a glance at classroom photos. All the students are looking so lovely and interested in the class. I homeschool my kids and use such nice ideas to teach them important stuff. Some interesting ideas at http://www.kidsfront.com/english/findout.html are just rocking in my homeschool.

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