Friday, September 25, 2009

Barbie Play School In A Cardboard Box

Last year, when "E" was having
some major anxiety about starting kindergarten,
we made this mini classroom
to role play what a typical day at school might be like.

It really helped her calm her fears.

I printed an alphabet chart, some classroom charts,
and a color wheel (of course) off the internet.

You can Google classroom pictures (or visit teacher blogs)
and just print out their photos of bulletin board displays, etc.

You could get super crafty and just make your own
but she wanted it to be"authentic" (it's one of her favorite big words.)

Using an empty copy paper box from daddy's office,
(remember our Little House in the Big Woods box?)
we glued construction paper to the "walls"and added the printed pictures, and a felt rug.

Our Barbies and Kelly dolls have had quite a lot of fun there.

That's Miss Poisson, the teacher.
She's really nice.
Sometime they take field trips to the Ocean Sensory Box and swim with the fishies.

Since "C" started preschool this week, we've been back to
playing in our little school.

Practicing taking turns. Sitting on the circle. Singing school songs. 
Saying the pledge of allegiance (with a tiny toothpick flag).
Reading the calendar and the weather. Having tiny snacks.
Playing outside on the playground.
And of course, having the Barbie moms drop the kids off
and pick them back up at the end of school.

Somedays they take the Fisher Price Little People Bus.
How fun would this be in a real preschool classroom?
(a mini replica of your own classroom?!)

It's a really great way to help your kid's
work on some big scary feelings in the comfort of your own home.


Christy said...

That is quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. Move over Fisher Price!

EntertainingMom said...

what a pretty teacher to boot! ;)

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

Oh my goodness!!! I love this. That was such a cool thing you did as a mom. That is something she will treasure telling people when she is older.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What a fabulous thing to do to help a child with school fears. And the idea to print off pictures of real bulletin boards, etc, is genius. I just love this and how much fun you are having playing with it!!

Punky's Mamma said...

Awesome idea... One to file away for QUITE a way away in the future! (I hope!!) ;)

MaryAnne said...

wonderful idea - thank you for sharing!

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

Oh.my.goodness!! How stinkin' cute is that!? I love it! My DD would adore this too! I just love all of the tiny little props, lol! Great job!

Felicia said...

I just can't get over how creative you are! Great job!

AG Ambroult said...

This ia a fantastic idea. My oldest daighter had major anxietty going into first grade (her first full-day schooling) and nothing seemed to ease her fears. I wish I had thought of this! "Miss Poison" is hysterical!

Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts by LindaOma said...

I love it, I love it, I love it. You are so clever and this is such a wonderful idea. Kudos.

Erin said...

Aww, you are such an amazing and creative mama! :)

Bridgett said...

Seriously good idea!

My daughter will start kindergarten next year and while she says she's excited now, when the time actually comes, I expect her tune will change. She's very shy.


Elise said...

That is one impressive looking classroom that obviuosly is a fantastic learning tool and a source of so much fun.

Lisa said...

Gasp! I would love to have one of these to play with and I'm 30. I am going to have fun making this for DD!

Lisa Mertins illustration said...

pg what a wonderful way to get the willies about school out! i'm visiting from the fish bowl and i'll be back often!

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