We LOVE BBQing in the summer and I thought this would be a fun dramatic play opportunity for my kiddos at school too. 
BBQ Dramatic Play
Here is what's included:

When we have our BBQ at school I bring in my Little Tikes Grill and food. The kids love it and it is great because you can turn the bottom part horizontally to make it shorter for your little ones. You can find it on Amazon here. 
                                                   Little Tikes Cook 'n Grow BBQ Grill

Students will work on requesting the food items they want from a menu. The waiter/waitress will be taking the order and be working on asking what they would like to eat.

Students will be able to count the food items circled and write that number as the receipt. 

You can check out the BBQ dramatic play here. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Saturday! 

If you are like me during the summer I frequent the Dollar Spot at Target looking for items to use in my classroom. 
Before purchasing though I always try to think of what I can specifically use these items for. So here are some ideas for all of your great Target Dollar Spot Finds!
Number Stacking Blocks
I am going to be using these during table time for building and for number order, but I also put that many dots on the number to begin to recognize how many is the number.
I LOVE trays! 
I use them at table time or during centers to place all of my materials on for that activity and then I quickly rotate to the next activity by just moving the trays. 
Felt Today is the Weather
Great for Core Vocabulary Boards. You can get some pictures and show the students and ask "What is the weather". Students can move it to the appropriate weather. You can  find some cards here.
Felt How do you feel?! 
Another opportunity to use the core vocabulary board. You can ask students How they feel and they can answer using the chart.
Felt Piggy Bank
A great table time or early finisher game where students can match the coins. Do this on the felt board vertically and it is also great for fine motor practice!
Race Car Tape
You can place this on a board vertically for students to drive a car on. Great for building fine motor strength in their arms and core. 
Felt Color Sorting
The bands can be used during table time to sort color pictures. 
You can find some color sorting cards here. You just need to print on cardstock, laminate, and glue felt on the back. 

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for new ABC games and/ or activities that are interactive for the kids and keeps them interested. Here are some games that my kiddos love and are easy to make! 

First, I store all of these general abc games in these sterlite tubs and I keep them out and accessible to be able to use if there is ever some free time or if I need something for centers. 

Chicka Chicka ABC magnet match

Alphabet Soup. I use a metal spoon so the magnetic letters stick better than a plastic spoon. 

ABC carrots. I put them in sand and students draw them out and stamp the abc (there is also a number option). You can find this freebie here. 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Retell Tree

ABC popcorn. You can find this here.

Sock Upper and Lower Case Match Up

Roasting ABC Marshmallows. You can find this activity here.

Swat an ABC bug.

ABC dough mats. You can check them out here.

What ABC activities do your kids love to do?!

I updated my Curriculum Map for myself and I thought I would share it all with you! You can find it here.
I updated it to be more user friendly for myself and for you! 
Included are ideas for themes for each month, as well as, sensory bin ideas and dramatic play ideas. 
 The themes are done for 1-2 weeks and can be done longer if you choose. The biggest thing to remember is this is a rough outline. Listen to your students interests and if they are struggling with something continue to work on it and if they are doing a lot better than anticipated move ahead! Also, you may choose to do one theme for 3 weeks and the next year do another theme because the students may be with you 2-3 years and you want to mix it up. 

(sensory bin suggestions)

Some activities continue through out the year. My ABC Mega Pack I use throughout the year. I do my letters in alphabetical order, but I know others prefer to introduce them by sound. There a variety of activities to differentiate as needed and also if you have students for 2-3 years there are more than enough to share with them!

ABC Mega Pack

Also, social stories are used throughout the year as needed. Some of the social stories we use at the start of the school year as some of our read alouds, but others I introduce as I see needed. 

Social Story Bundle

Core Vocabulary Activities are also done daily and I am continuing to add to it. 

Let's Get Talking! Core Vocabulary Board Activities for ECSE
I also included Journal Writing Topics. I am going to start this at the end of the day daily next school year.The great thing about these are you just have to buy 10 per page labels and you can peel and stick them into their writing journal!
Journal Topics for Preschool and ECSE

I had a request for the entire curriculum map materials to be in one large bundle. You can click below to find that. 
There are also smaller bundles (seasonal, holiday, all year long, dramatic play, etc.) you may want to check out. You can find all of the bundles available here. 
Curriculum Map Activities Mega Pack for ECSE and Preschool
If there is anything more you would like to see or any questions you may have please let me know!

There are many items you purchase frequently that you can reuse in your classroom for projects, sensory bottles, sensory activities, and for storage. 
1. Water Bottles
They can be made into sensory bottles.
2. Milk Jug
Can be made into a put-in task.
3. Cool Whip or other small containers
Put in tasks with small balls or pom poms.
4. Clear OJ, Apple Juice, or Water containers
Large Sensory Bottles or Weighted Containers

5. Scraps of Wrapping Paper
Great for cutting practice or can be used in the dramatic play area at the Holidays or for Birthdays or a Post Office theme.
6. Toilet Paper Rolls and Paper Towel Rolls 
Painting Tubes
Color Sorting Tubes
Rolling Pins
7. Bubble Wrap
A great sensory item in the calm down area (pop the bubble wrap)
Painting (place on the paper towel roll with tape and roll in paint and then on to the paper)
8. Boxes/Cardboard
Great for painting!
Or great for dramatic play themes (post office, holiday, birthday).
9. Clear Sandwich Containers 
Great for small storage (mini erasers, googly eyes, pom poms).

10. Plastic Baby Food Containers 
Great for work box tasks for sorting buttons, pom poms
11. Baby Puff Containers 
Great for put in tasks
12. Pringles Cans
Great for sorting straws by color or other put in tasks.

12. Square Tissue Boxes
Used for painting squares

Sorting by same or different

or as Fine Motor practice task

13. DVD cases into first/ then cards and holders

What items from home have you made into something else for your classroom?

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