Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe we have only one more week of this blog before Lakewood reopens for in-person learning. We hope you will join us again next week.
Dramatic Play Invitation: Coffee shop water play
This invitation would work well outside or in the bathtub. You will need some water, cups, something to serve as a coffee pot, spoons, and possibly a coffee filter or two and sand or soil if you are outside. We know it has been a long time since families could hang out in beloved Durham coffee shops like Cocoa Cinnamon and Nolia. Today we wonder what your child will do with materials similar to those they might find in a coffee shop or that they might see when someone at home makes a cup of coffee. Your child may already help make the coffee or other morning beverage. We are wondering what these materials might spark in terms of explorations for your child. Will they want to investigate sand and coffee filters? Will they be drawn to pouring and dumping? Will they engage with you or siblings in an elaborate dramatic play experience?
Building Invitation: Block building with vehicles
As a block building invitation this week, we wonder how your child will engage with blocks and vehicles. These could be trucks and interlocking blocks, strollers and unit blocks, or wagons and alphabet blocks. Your child might engage in transporting, filling and dumping, exploring ramps or something else entirely.
Cooking Invitation: Making herbal iced tea
Making cold brew iced tea is simple and delicious. You will need a pitcher or other easy-pour container, some herbal tea bags, water, and a long spoon for stirring. You can also add fresh herbs (mint, lemon balm, lemon verbena, etc.), lemon juice or honey. Invite your child to explore the tea bags. How do they smell? What do you think will happen when you add them to a pitcher of water? Fill the container with water and invite your child to add tea bags, herbs, etc. They can stir it gently and watch to see if anything happens (tea bags with hibiscus in them will quickly turn the water pink/red). Put the pitcher in the refrigerator for an hour or more to chill and infuse. Then share a glass to cool off.