Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
Today we’re going to visit the apple orchard (at least via playscape, though this would make a fun unplugged activity before or after a trip to a real apple orchard).
What is a playscape? A playscape is simply a scene that is put together to inspire creative play around a theme. You are “setting the stage” so to speak.
Supplies and materials
- something to use as “apples” (we had some felt apples, but you could use balled up socks, tiny play silks, make some from paper, etc)
- a little basket, bowl, or something to “gather” with
At our house we used a chair as an apple tree, and scattered our apples on the seat of the chair. Then we pretend to pick our apples and gather them in our basket. Later, my oldest daughter got the idea of using a small step stool so the apples could be at various heights (use your own common sense with this, as this might not be the safest idea for a younger child, okay?)
Perhaps after you’ve gathered your crops your child will want to make an apple pie (and see the world) or engage in some other apple themed play. My four year old likes to pretend to feed apples to her stuffed animal horses.
Then, repeat the whole process over again! I bet your child takes this idea to some fun places. Maybe even revisiting the garden playscape from last week? Or what about getting some real apples and doing some painting?
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