The doll room provides many opportunities for dramatic play; your important roles is to facilitate without being too directive. Opportunities for dramatic play can flourish in the kitchen, or with a number of the kits including the doctor kit, doll washing, pizza restaurant and office kit. This is also an ideal station to offer cooking activities as you are in close proximity to the kitchen.
The morning activity needs to be cleaned up by 10:30 PM to make way for Story Time. After Story Time at 11:00 PM, the table is set up with self-help art and pre-literacy activities. Self-help art materials are in the Doll Room closet and include paper, envelopes, markers, crayons, scissors, and stencils. One can also be the scribe for children’s stories. Some children extend this activity by illustrating their own stories. Examples of these stories are kept in a binder in the office.
After Circle Time, it is the parent’s responsibility to clean up the Doll Room; dress the dolls and put them away, straightening the children’s kitchen area, put away any dress-up clothes that were used and put away anything left from your project. Please leave the Doll Room looking attractive and inviting for the following day’s play.
- Grind wheat using the hand-crank flour mill (stored in the Doll Closet).
- Tortilla Making – tortilla presses are in the Doll Closet; skillet is in the kitchen.
- Make Kolberg playdough. See Laura or Sunny for the recipe. This recipe requires cooking; please use the electric skillet, stored in the kitchen on the frig. Every parent is encouraged to do this activity, at least once.
- Make pretzels or bread. Consider using whole wheat for some of the flour.
- Juicing: Orange juice: Bring in oranges; we have manual and electric juicers at school. Children can wash the oranges and prepare them for juicing by cutting them in half. Safe knives are in the kitchen.
- Cracking hard-boiled eggs
- Scrambling eggs: children crack eggs into small bowls and stir them. Adult scrambles them in an electric skillet. Chopped veggies can be added.
- Peas to shell.
- Corn to husk.
- Vegetable Soup – bring in veggies for chopping (Montessori chopping tools are in the kitchen). This activity can be extended by reading the story, Stone Soup).
- Grating – Bring in cheese, potatoes (for latkas), carrots or apples for grating. Graters in cooking kit.
- Mash boiled potatoes. Children peel and mash them with the hand mashers in the cooking kit.
- Fruit or vegetable salad: have a variety of foods available to chop, tear or cut (Suggestion for green salad dressing: 2 or 3: 1, olive oil to lemon juice – Meyer’s Lemons are ideal as they are low acidity).
- Apple Sauce making.
- Eatable faces: Bring in rice cakes for the face and let the children spread with almond butter, sunflower seed butter or cream cheese and decorate it with olive slices, celery slices, raisins, sunflower seeds, carrots, grape halves, alfalfa sprouts, etc.Making peanut butter: Children shell nuts, put 1 cup nuts, 1 tsp. Oil and a pinch of salt in the blender. Adult only in operation of the blender.
- Making peanut butter: Children shell nuts, put 1 cup nuts, 1 tsp. Oil and a pinch of salt in the blender. Adult only in operation of the blender.
- Note: When providing a food preparation activity, please check with Sunny or Laura for allergies.
Clean the Doll Room: Use the small-sized cleaning supplies in the closet: spray bottles with water, sponges and rags. The children can clean the furniture, walls, dishes, and floors.
Pizza store: combine pizza kit and restaurant kit in closet and set up a pizza parlor
Sewing: use blunt needles and yarn from sewing kit. Sewing may be done on meat trays (art closet), burlap and embroidery hoops from doll closet or around the edges of strawberry baskets.
Baby washing: Use the baby bath kit from the doll room closet and wash all the babies and their clothes.
Beading: Using beads, cut up straws, pipe cleaners, yarn and/or elastic. Set up with a rattan paper plate holder for each child to contain the beads. Have masking tape and a sharpie on hand to put each child’s name on their beading projects.