Apple Orchard Pretend Play
Fall is a great time to set up an apple orchard pretend play in the PreK classroom. I have been adding to my orchard each year, so remember that you can grow your dramatic play sets over time. Do not expect that you need to have every possible option in a center for every center in your classroom right away. Give yourself grace to grow as a teacher.
Read on for more information about how I created my apple orchard and where to find the printables and supplies I use.
My apple trees are made with cardboard that I painted green. I have long strips of velcro on the bottom of the bulletin board to attach the tree tops. The apples are ball pits balls with velcro pieces attached. Place the soft side of the velcro on the apples so that they don’t attach themselves to the carpet when they drop.
If you get magazines like My Big World you can save the large copies to post in your pretend play areas that go along with the theme. I saved one about apple orchards in the past to post. I also found some apple words to fill my pocket chart with in the dramatic play area.
Activity Cards and Name Tags
To encourage counting practice in the apple orchard we use activity cards that tell students how many of each kind of apple to pick. This also helps keep students from over stuffing their baskets and having apples rolling everywhere. To help overcrowding in the center, provide name tags for students to wear. When all the name tags are gone, there is no more space for students to play. Students ask to have a turn when someone is finished.
Be sure to check out my freebies for PreK Teachers for more fun activities for your PreK classroom.