Here are some Lesson Plan ideas for your Sweet Treats Theme.
For this Theme the little one's are going to have a fun time with Gingerbread, Candy Canes, Cookies and Hot Cocoa.
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Arts & Crafts
You can add all kinds of Scents to your Dough and paint this week for some added festive fun. Try peppermint, Gingerbread Seasonings, and Cocoa Powder. Demonstrate how to make "Dough Candy Canes" by rolling coils out of Red and White Peppermint dough.
Inspire the senses!
I love starting the week with a Fresh Batch of Play Dough-Check out these terrific
play dough invitations!
For an added treat consider this peppermint play dough invitation
from Funtastic Fun and Learning
This Gingerbread Play Dough from the Pleasantest Thing looks like the real thing!
This Hot Chocolate Dough Recipe from Fireflies and Mudpies is a treat for the senses!
Here are some sweet Arts & Crafts for the rest of your week:
Scented Gingerbread Man Art from Fun At Home With Kids
Easy Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Tutorial from Meet Penny
I bet you have everything you need on hand to make these Paper Bag Ginger Bread Houses
from Little Wonders Days
Candy Cane Craft for Toddlers from No Time For Flashcards
Scented Marbled Candy Canes from Simple Fun For Kids
Handprint Candy Cane Craft from Little Family Fun
There are so many fun ways to incorporate the Sweet Treats theme into your Dramatic Play space this week.
Encourage your kiddos to bake. Add cookie sheets, Mixing Bowls, Plastic Cookie Cutters, Aprons, Oven Mitts, and Seasonal Cook Books to your dramatic play space. You can cut out fun felt cookies, Laminate Paper Cookies, or encourage the kids to create their own baking Creations.
This Gingerbread Man Inspired Play in the Dramatic Play Area featured on Fun-A-Day looks like so much fun!
This Pretend Slice and Bake Christmas Cookie Set from Melissa and Doug was a big hit in my Daycare. A note from the Manufacturer: Slice and "bake" a dozen wooden cookies, then decorate them for Christmas. This colorful play-food set includes a tube of 12 sliceable cookies with 12 decorative toppings, an oven mitt, wooden cookie sheet, knife and spatula, plus "baking" directions to encourage unlimited imaginative play and learning. It's a festive way to reinforce basic skills, encourage creativity and celebrate the holidays.
The clever dramatic play space is belongs to Daycare Spaces and Ideas community member Amy McMonagle with BuggaBee & Me Day Care and Preschool. Amy has it all ready for the Holiday Season.
Don't forget the Hot Chocolate! Add Plastic Mugs, and empty Hot Cocoa tins to your space this week (Don't forget to send a shout out to your clients to save them for your space), Cotton Balls make fun pretend "Marshmallows".
If you are up for a DIY project, consider building a Gingerbread house for your Daycare.
This adorable one to left was created by Daycare Spaces and Ideas community member, Kristin Moeller of Apron Strings Daycare.
Construction Area Ideas
Add a Gingerbread Village to your construction space this week.
Encourage the kids to build their own Gingerbread Houses from blocks. Add White Felt snow, Large Pom Poms and Gingerbread People (Laminate Paper One's, or Purchase Plastic ones for the space) to the space.
This Gingerbread House Play Set from plan toys inspires imaginative play.
This Candy Construction Set from Learning Resources would make a great addition to your construction Space! A note from the Manufacturer: Build some sweet structures. Stretch those creativity, problem solving and fine motor skills. Includes chunky, durable candy pieces in a variety of fun, familiar designs plus Activity Guide with illustrated, step-by-step building directions. Largest piece measures 7"L x 1/2" in diameter. Set of 92.
Activities & Toys
You can incorporate sweet treats in a variety of Educational games this week. Use Sweets to count or build patterns with. Gum Drops make a fun "Color Matching" activity.
Incorporate Math in your Theme week with this Candy Cane Stripe Counting activity from Preschool Inspirations.
These Smart Snacks Ginger Bread Sort & Snap Cookies from are the perfect toy to add to your Space this week. They are a great Toy for Patterning, Sorting (boys, girls, hats, stripes, buttons or shoes), and can even be used in the Dramatic Play Area for some Baking fun. They even come with an activity book to extend the fun.
Practice writing letters in this peppermint sensory tray created by Parenting Chaos
Erica Payne of Erica's Educare Learning Center created this adorable Hot Chocolate Inspired Sensory Bin. For the base she added Chocolate Extract to Brown Rice, and added a package of Hot Cocoa as well.
Peppermint Water Science Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
Children will love re-telling "The Gingerbread Man" story with this adorable Gingerbread Puppet Set.
Peppermint Shaving Cream Recipe from Learn Play Imagine
A Fun and Easy Candy Cane Science Activity from Growing a Jeweled Rose
Have some cookie making fun with this Christmas Cookie Cloud Dough recipe
from Little Bins for Little Hands
There are so many cute details in this Christmas Candyland Village small world by My Small Potatoes
This Gingerbread Salt Tray from Creekside Learning is perfect for Handwriting Practice
These Gumdrop Christmas Trees from Left Brain Craft Brain make a fun building activity
Gingerbread Man Fine Motor Activity from Living Montessori Now
My Book Picks:
This adorable Gingerbread Men Number Hop Printable Activity was created by Toddler Approved
Gingerbread Baby Printables from Homeschool Creations
Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Printable from Pre-K Pages
Gingerbread Man 10-Frame from Kinder Kids Fun
Gingerbread Number Puzzle from Teach with Me
Candy Cane ABC's from 1+1+1=1
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