I love using themes. Themes are a great way to use what you own and change it up a bit through out the year so you don’t get bored. At home, I have my seasonal themes and then holiday themes. I usually have a date that I will change my theme. I never decorate for Halloween until we have had Thanksgiving. I won’t decorate for Christmas until after Remembrance Day. That’s just me, out of respect for our veterans, they deserve their day and it’s the least I can do. Another thing I do is set out theme based areas of interest for my little one. It may be my early childhood training kicking in, or just me being a theme crazed mom.
Right now, seeing it’s the month of September and being that it’s now Fall (I had a hard time this year letting go of summer), I have set out Fall items for my daughter to use. A few story books geared towards the Fall (Thanksgiving, pumpkins, leaves) and once we celebrate Thanksgiving I will add in a few Halloween books. I try to buy and order books that not only help K with her reading but also excite her about the season or holiday that is upon us.
We make theme based arts and crafts such a batch of orange playdough to make pumpkins from. A colourful hand print turkey to brighten up the kitchen. A wreath made from red and orange leaves makes a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
Adding in Fall activities is great for the kids too. A visit to the local pumpkin patch, around here we will be heading out the Hugli’s Pumpkin Patch in Pembroke, Ontario. The little one’s love it and they will get to pick out their very own little pumpkin to bring home. But the best trip ever is
to Grandma’s garden! K loves to help in the garden and this year she’s already picked her first mini pumpkin. A fun time can be had by the whole family while raking up the leaves and jumping around those piles!
Of course, I can’t forget the baking. K loves to decorate cookies and cupcakes. I always provide different toppings so she can be creative. Orange, red and green sprinkles are great or just orange icing. The kids love it!
Creating theme based play for your child adds a little excitement to their same old play. Changing up the toys, books and activities also keeps them fresh and interesting.
Do you do theme based play at your house? Do you have any tips you can share?