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Learning About Responsibilities

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Week three of the Alphabet House theme was all about household chores and learning about responsibilities. Our activities included cleaning up, laundry, caring for pets, outdoor chores and welcoming guests. I always love setting up these dramatic play areas for a household theme. It makes learning and exploring fun!

Learning About Responsibilities

It’s important that children share in the chores around the house and help make their home a special, clean place. This week the children were building their responsibility skills and learning how to help with different jobs around the house.

Kids love to wash dishes!

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

You can’t go wrong with this activity – it’s sensory play combined with dramatic play.  Perfect for indoor or outdoor play. We had several rainy days in a row so this was a perfect activity to break up the boredom.

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

Now if they could be this excited about washing dishes when they are older, right?!

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

Clean, soapy fun!

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

Squeezing dishtowels, wiping dishes, and rising off the bubbles are all part of washing dishes.

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

Oops, now we have another mess to clean up!

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

This is not a very efficient crew – they keep washing the dishes over and over! They are thorough, however!

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

Let’s not forget about all the awesome skills these young ones are practicing – pouring, sharing, eye-hand coordination, using both sides of the body plus all those math and science observations they are making.

Learning About Responsibilities dish washing dramatic play

Laundry Day

Oh, this is another fun household chore! Just ask any mom. Wait, moms aren’t the only ones who can do laundry, children can help too. We set up a laundry dramatic play area and worked on matching letters with the Laundry Letters activity.

Laundry Letters

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

With 26 letters in the alphabet, this activity looks a little overwhelming to little ones sometimes. I separated the cards into a container and put the clips on the tray. It helps organize it a little so it’s easier to manage. This little guy (dressed in a monarch butterfly costume and pastel dancing skirt) knows his letters and loves puzzles so he was all about this game.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

What I noticed is he could use some work on his fine motor skills and hand strengthening. Pinching open the clip is difficult for him.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

He did eventually get it and matched all the letters.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

Often I have a hard time getting a couple of my boys to slow down for an activity like this one. They know their letters so they think they don’t need to do it. I presented it a little differently – how about we have a race and see who can clip the most cards with the right letter? Yep, they were on for that! And they wanted to play again.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

Laundry Dramatic Play

My group was highly engaged in this laundry dramatic play area. I set up a temporary dramatic play area since it took up quite a bit of space but we got enough use out of it in one day.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

The clothesline is tied to the bookshelves (which are attached to the wall for safety) and the other ends are tied to our shopping center. We had to put a basket of bean bags on top of the shopping center to weight it down but that worked.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

It’s fun to set up dramatic play areas just using items you already have on hand. Clothespins, baby clothes, or doll clothes, child-sized hangers, and small storage baskets make great laundry baskets for kids.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

Our juice bottles became laundry detergent bottles. No one questioned it – now the juice is soap.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

One basket is the washing machine.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

It’s fun to see how they play with the materials you give them.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

Fabric scraps from the block area were also clipped to the clothesline.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

No demonstrations were needed. All the kids have seen their parents do laundry many times so they took over as soon as everything was set up.

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

Soon the laundry area became a business. Can you see who the boss is?

Laundry dramatic play Alphabet House

It’s fun learning about responsibilities! We cleaned floors, took care of pets and explored other rooms in the house as well. We love the Alphabet House theme!

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