Thursday, October 20, 2011

Introduction Letter

Welcome to Imaginary Play
Your job as coordinator is to remind the parents that they signed-up for the monthly play area. You can give them ideas from previous years and let them go at it!
• I have created a blog to help you it has all the info and pictures in this folder so that you can easily copy and paste for easy emailing and communication. You can visit it here: http://LagunaPreschoolCurriculum.Blogspot.com/
• Email, Call, or put a note in their file at the preschool. Give them as much advice and notice as possible (2-3 weeks notice is best) for the setup email.
• Many of them sign up and then forget; they will make other plans and be unavailable to participate. Its easiest if you send out a monthly notice to everyone with the entire list of each Imaginary play center and who is in each grouping so there will be no surprises and if they want they can get a head start collecting and putting ideas together.
• You need to check the sign up sheet to see if there is a Group Coordinator for each Month if no one signs up you must choose a person
• Use my email templates or create your own using the basic info I have provided you need to let each group know that they are responsible for setting up AND breaking down the center. Give them specific dates it needs to be set up by and taken down by. Generally it is the second Monday of each Month and it is taken down within two weeks.
• Barbara would like the existing Imaginary Play furniture incorporated in each setup. If it is not possible you must find a place in the classroom to store the furniture that is not in the way.
• The school has a lot of items that can be used in each theme. Make sure to always email Barbara each month and ask what is available. Also ask her what she would like the setup and take down days to be each Month in case she has something planned.
• Ask Barbara what the current reimbursement for each month is so you know how much you can spend on enrichments each month.

Group Members can:
1. Beg (For Donations) Use The Donations Letter in this folder, plus any monthly “Needed Items Lists” I tried to make it as easy as possible for you
2. Borrow (from others) We are part of an amazing school everyone wants to help ask other parents for borrowed donations MAKE SURE THEY LABEL if they want something back.
3. Steal (ideas only) Work with everyone to create incredible themes use my ideas and expand, look online for more ideas.

REMEMBER: Have lots for the kids to do! Keep it FUN! Keep it SAFE!

Best-
Debra

Market- Imaginary Play

EMAIL THIS LETTER TO MEMBERS HELPING WITH SETUP

Greetings,
Its time turn the Dramatic Play Center into a Grocery Store for everyone to enjoy! The following items and ideas are available for you to go over so we can create the Best LPPP Market ever.


Market: Generally Done by LPPP School Board Members
*Here is an idea for delegation you change the job description or needs as necessary
* Everyone helps with setup and takedown
 
Members: Person A (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person B (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person C (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person D (Class) Create Something Specific
Person E (Class) Create Something Specific

School Teacher Barbara has:

• Cash Registers
• Plastic Fruit and Veggies
• Shelves
• Reusable Grocery bags
* Play Money

You will need to create, collect and ask for Donations regarding the following:

* Shopping Carts
• Empty Food boxes (think cereal, cake, pasta, Frozen Food Containers, Milk Jugs, egg cartons, etc) clean them out fill them with newspaper and use packing tape around the edges to seal
• Empty Plastic Bottles (Juice, water, soda clean out and use hot glue to glue the cap on securely)
• Empty Cleaning Products Taped or sealed shut be careful with these they must be cleaned out and securely closed
• Large Ads(the Dollar Tree and I am sure others will Donate their LARGE ads they have hanging in the store just ask) * Dollar Tree changes Ads on Mondays while regular grovery stores change ads on Wednesdays
• Sale stickers and signs (ask on Wednesdays)
• Plastic Baskets for shopping
• Old Displays (ask on Wednesdays many displays are changed out and disposed of with the new sale ads )
• Purses/ wallets
* Use a black trash bag or black fabric taped down to create a "conveyor belt" look near cash register***Two registers TWO LANES- use two tables one by each Register- Per TB****
* Grocery Weekly ads and coupons- save from Sunday paper etc
• Flower Stand--- Ask Walmart for Silk Flower Donations.
• Bakery: Create felt bakery items Here is a list of easy tutorials
• Anything else you can think of?

Setup:
• Use Dramtic play shelves already there plus wire racks in shed to create aisles
• Have paper and pens set out for children to make Grocery lists
• Freezer section: Use a clear shower curtain liner cut it to the right length cut strips attach under loft.
• Check out area- Use a black trash bag or black fabric taped down to create a "conveyor belt" look near EACH cash register
• Optional: Bakery, Flower, Produce Stands


I made this and it just took a few minutes. I bought the stand at Goodwill for $7 I already had the board in my garage from a previous project I used some paint, sanded the sides and attached the board with some "L" brackets. Easy Peasy and now we have a cute produce stand.

Our Flower Stand Go Here for step by step instructions on how to make one.



Go Here for the Donations letter for the Market of basic items needed remember you can always add to it as needed. Simply Copy and Paste into a Word Document (change Font size as needed)Include the Base Donations Letter along with the specific Donations Letter for the unit you are working on

Please “REPLY TO ALL” and keep me in the loop with all emails so I can stay up to date with your progress and ideas.




This thing is awesome anyone have any ideas as to how to recreate it? It is supposed to be strictly for a Kids Bakery Display Case, from the 'Designs by Sara' collection, 42''w x 24''d. Includes an unbreakable Lexan® display window, 3 shelves & locking sliding doors in the back. Top & shelves have a brush orange laminate.
Here is a link to the site where I found it

Our Produce stand and Flower stand
We used signs to indicate where everything is
We chose to use reusable bags instead of paper so they can be reused year after year and we don't have to worry about them being torn etc during play
We used a Mailbox to house our sale ads we have been collecting
We put out paper and pencils for "Make your own Shopping Lists"
I made turkey/chicken legs and we had meat trays donated we sealed them up and placed them in the freezer section.
Our freezer section we saved an assortment of frozen tv dinners etc
I used a shower curtain and cut it to size for the freezer section I also cut strips it into strips so the kids could easily reach in and pull out what they want

Our Bakery I made a cake and a pie we used donated plastic containers for the rest.

These were such a great idea from one of the moms she found pictures of cookies and then cut them out attached them to cardboard and then we used donated muffin containers where we taped them done and sealed them so the kids can purchase cookies.


We sectioned the food into categories we kept all the dairy/ eggs together breakfast stuff together etc.

Our market, the "next customer" signs are cardboard covered in masking tape rolled into a long triangle shape witrh the words written on in sharpie
I used a trash bag as the "conveyor belt" and used the bottom of the shower curtain that we weren't using to cover the whole table so I wouldn't have to tape directly to our table it sealed in the trash bag and I taped the shower curtain to itself so we won't have any yucky tape residue.
I also purchased small baskets for shopping this way we can kind of limit how much they "buy"

Camping and Native American Village- Dramatic Play

EMAIL THIS LETTER TO MEMBERS HELPING WITH SETUP
Group Coordinator: Person A (Class)
It is the Group Coordinators job is to delegate jobs to everyone else. To make sure that everyone is helping as necessary. To keep up with communications between group members as well as to make sure that when collecting donations that everyone knows where to go so that everyone doesn’t go to the same exact store. The Group Coordinator must also keep track of all items needed and collected so that they can ensure the Imaginary Play area has all that is needed. The group coordinator is also responsible for setting up a date where everyone can get together to create the Imaginary Play theme and also to decide who will be helping with clean up.
I know it sounds like a lot but don’t worry I am always here to help and I am more than happy to do so.
*Here is an idea for delegation you change the job description or needs as necessary
* Everyone helps with setup and takedown

Members: Person B (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person C (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person D (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person E (Class) Create Something Specific
Person F (Class) Create Something Specific

Hooray for November! We have some choices to make guys here are our options A Camping we will Go! Or Native American Adventures! I will give you all the information below and you can decide as a group what you are most excited to do. You will be responsible for setting up AND taking down this center. The setup date will be ---- and the take down date will be----
So here we go!
Camping
There will be a lot of temporary donations needed for this one. Please CLEARLY LABEL anything you bring in that you would like back at the end.
What we will need if we go “Camping”:
* Turn the "under loft area" into the inside of a tent; camping gear etc. bring the "top" of the tent up over the loft "CAMP LPPP"
• Christmas trees (smaller we need 3)
• 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)




• 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





• Use vines/ greenery on the staircase rail to the loft as well as on the loft itself
• Anything else you can think of? Can anyone get Astroturf?
• GO TO A SPORTING GOODS STORE SEE IF THEY WILL DONATE ANYTHING CAMPING RELATED- use base donation letter ask if needed.

Native American Village
This center is pretty similar to the camping center
There will be a lot of temporary donations needed for this one. Please CLEARLY LABEL anything you bring in that you would like back at the end.
What we will need if we create a Native American Village:
• THE SCHOOL HAS TWO TEEPEES AND ANIMAL SKINS FOR THIS CENTER

We will need to Create, the following:

* Turn the "under loft area" into the inside of a teepee; native american artifacts etc. bring the "top" of the teepee up over the loft "LPPP Village"
• 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
• Pinecones, rocks other natural elements
• 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
• Anything else you can think of?

Go Here for the Donations letter for the Camping and Native American Village of basic items needed remember you can always add to it as needed.Please note I know it just says camping on the letter but most of the items work for both so you can just use that letter regardless of which theme you choose to do. Simply Copy and Paste into a Word Document (change Font size as needed)Include the Base Donations Letter along with the specific Donations Letter for the unit you are working on

Please “REPLY TO ALL” and keep me in the loop with all emails so I can stay up to date with your progress and ideas.





This was from last year notice the background and natural elements

Post Office- Imaginary Play

EMAIL THIS LETTER TO MEMBERS HELPING WITH SETUP
Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to send you all a friendly reminder that you signed up for the Post Office Imaginary Play center. Listed below are your fellow committee members

Group Coordinator: Person A (2 Day)

It is the Group Coordinators job is to delegate jobs to everyone else. To make sure that everyone is helping as necessary. To keep up with communications between group members as well as to make sure that when collecting donations that everyone knows where to go so that everyone doesn’t go to the same exact store. The Group Coordinator must also keep track of all items needed and collected so that they can ensure the Imaginary Play area has all that is needed. The group coordinator is also responsible for setting up a date where everyone can get together to create the Imaginary Play theme and also to decide who will be helping with clean up.
I know it sounds like a lot but don’t worry I am always here to help and I am more than happy to do so.

*Here is an idea for delegation you change the job description or needs as necessary
* Everyone helps with setup and takedown
Members: Person B (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person C (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person D (Class) Collect Donations and specific items
Person E (Class) Create Something Specific
Person F (Class) Create Something Specific

You will be responsible for setting up AND taking down this center. The setup date will be ---- and the take down date will be---- If you are unavailable it is YOUR responsibility to trade with someone from another month.
The School/ teacher Barbara has the Following:
• Post office bags
• Shirts
• Use kitchen units to make tables for Post Office
• Cash Register
• Scale?
You will need to Create, Collect, or get donations for the following:
• *MUST HAVE- Make a conveyer belt with turning handles use a large box (got to Bike Store ask for bike box)per Teacher Barbara
• A large mailbox (big box)
• Lots of Envelope’s scrap paper, pens/pencils, stickers, rubber stamps and ink pads,
• Does anyone have an old mailbox? If so bring it in maybe go to a hardware store ask for a donation?
• Go to the post office and get a bunch of empty priority mail boxes and whatever else you can get (seals and stickers etc)
• Make post office hats and badges
• Create a cubby space where the kids can put envelopes/ letters into different slots ( try BevMo or Trader Joes ask for donations of wine crates)
• Make a specific Teacher Barbara and Teacher Jackie mail Drop box
• Bring in small kid size tables for the kids to sit at and write
• Make a large sign that says LPPP Post OFFICE hang from loft
• Bubble wrap
• Post cards
• Junk Mail
• Scale (if the school doesn’t have one) ask TB
• Paper Punch
• Ask Post Office for the Bins to hold mail while on vacation sometimes they will donate
* What do you think about using the wine crates and labeling them, create our own letters so that if the children choose they can actually really sort the mail. We can use words, and perhaps shape sorting. So a name and a + sign so that readers and none readers can sort easily if they so choose.
• Buy $2 or $3 worth of 1 cent stamps for the kids to use
• Use voting booths as back drop
• Anything Else you can think of?


Go Here for the Donations letter for the Post Office of basic items needed remember you can always add to it as needed. Simply Copy and Paste into a Word Document (change Font size as needed)Include the Base Donations Letter along with the specific Donations Letter for the unit you are working on

Please “REPLY TO ALL” and keep me in the loop with all emails so I can stay up to date with your progress and ideas.


Go Here for the Donations letter for the Post Office of basic items needed remember you can always add to it as needed. Simply Copy and Paste into a Word Document (change Font size as needed)Include the Base Donations Letter along with the specific Donations Letter for the unit you are working on

Please “REPLY TO ALL” and keep me in the loop with all emails so I can stay up to date with your progress and ideas.


Our Post Office Sign

We added a sign with prices of postage etc

The Post Office counter consists of registers scales and postage and microphones so they can call out for who is next

Back of the post Office Counter

Lots of envelopes

Plenty to sell
We turned the upstairs loft area into a writing center which includes two mailboxes one for each of the Teachers

The are envelopes, stamps, paper, markers, and more to create all the letters for sending and sorting



Mail bags for carrying the mail

Very cool Mailbox it even has a door in the back to pull all the mail out

The Letter sorting game

A letter game I created with small boxes to further their sorting

Each box has an Upper case and lower case letter they also need to be sorted into the right larger box with assigned letters

Racks for all the boxes and sorting

Plenty to mail in these great boxes

Shirts for the Post Office employees

Hats for the employees

We created badges for the children to wear

Our Mail chute
The mail shoot is connected to the top of the loft where the writing center is so after the children have written a letter it can be sent down the mail shoot to the conveyor belt where it can then be sorted and sent off to the mail truck to be delivered.

There is also a mail bin with some bags for carrying letters and packages to the mail truck.
The mail lands on the conveyor belt

The inside of the mail truck has an awesome shelf

The back of the mailbox

Front of the mailbox


Instructions on how to build the Mail Boxes above are in the link below
http://notjustcute.com/2009/02/18/how-to-build-a-mailbox-for-your-preschool-post-office/