Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR If Jesus Came to my House

TOPIC: HOSPITALITY

This year I want to be a little less haphazard about my two little one’s activities.   A4 will continue to have her one hour school with me doing Mathusee Primer and Jolly Phonics.  I want to be more  purposeful about the fun school I do with the two little girls.  To this end I’ve created a Preschool Adventure Box and a written frame-work with which to organise my planning of the short units I do with them.  Each week the two youngest are given a preschool adventure work box full of lots of exciting activities for them to do throughout the week.  They are allowed to have a quick look through to build up their excitement for the week ahead.

This week we did a bit of schooling together with the older children.  Periodically a topic comes up which I feel all the children would benefit from.  This week, using the book ‘If Jesus came to my house’ I decided we would look at hospitality and how, as a family, we could serve our neighbours with it.

Read alouds and go along books

     

Factual books

     

For more book themed ideas see:

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Book Led Play Dough Fun

Each morning I put out some play dough at their table with a photocopied sheet of the cover of the book we are studying.  They both really enjoy play dough and having different themed cutters and molds each week keeps it fresh and exciting.  This week I changed it a little by giving them moon sand play dough with a making food kit to go with it.  I also borrowed some plates and cups from their pretend play box so they had something to put their creations onto:

Our morning playdough box
Our morning playdough box
Making a sand dough breakfast
Making a sand dough breakfast

Dress up and drama

  • Dress up this week consisted of me going through the clothes which I put aside for them for their seasonal clothes package I do.  I picked out the sweetest little tea dresses I could find and popped them into the box for wear during our tea parties.  These were dresses the girls hadn’t seen before so it was very exciting!

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  • We have a dolls house which my dad bought the twins years ago, with all the bits inside.  This was used to role play working together to help have the house in order for guests:
Emptying it out
Emptying it out
Arranging and rearranging the furniture
Arranging and rearranging the furniture
All ready for the guests, complete with plasticen food
All ready for the guests, complete with plasticene food
  • My mum bought A4 a tea party set in china with napkins and table cloth all in a beautiful basket which was perfect to be used this week:

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A4 and B1 having tea like 'laaydees'!
A4 and B1 having tea like ‘laaydees’!
 

Trays

We did very few trays this week as most of the activities we did we all did together.  The odd couple we did do were all about building skills:   folding napkins and laying the table;  making up a jug of drink and pouring it into glasses.

Tray all set up with everything needed to set a table for a simple meal
Tray all set up with everything needed to set a table for a simple meal
Laying the runner
Laying the runner
Placemat down (place mat was a photocopy of the front cover of 'If Jesus Came to my House
Placemat down (place mat was a photocopy of the front cover of ‘If Jesus Came to my House
One proud little girl
One proud little girl

We also used an art curriculum which we own which reinforces manners and hospitality:

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There are lots of drawing and colouring in activities inside, so A4 did some for tray activities.

Games or Group activities:

Most of our time this week was spent talking.  Prior to B1 being born we had people around for a Sunday roast every week.  This has happen less frequently over the past year or so, but has remained a priority and something we always planned to return to.  With B1 sleeping through I felt the timing to start up again was right.  Really my goal this week was to show the children that hospitality was all about love, about that important commandment to love our neighbours.  Then the guys roleplayed and roleplayed and roleplayed some more ALL week!

  • Tea parties, encouraging them to see and find and make beauty in the everyday events of life:
T11, the waiter, helping A4 into her chair
T11, the waiter, helping A4 into her chair
Bringing in the orders
Bringing in the orders
Our little ladies
Our little ladies
Yet another tea party.  They went on all week
Yet another tea party. They went on all week
  • We also learnt how to make scones and jam and served them with a pot of jam each day when daddy got home from work:
Uncooked heart shaped scones
Uncooked heart shaped scones
Ready for tea!
Ready for tea!

Printables

DVDs

 

Our special themed tea and muffin tin meal

  • We invited Granny and our neighbours around for a little tea party:
Chatting
Chatting
Pouring tea
Pouring tea
Offering cake
Offering cake

Our muffin tin was three mini, heart shaped scones with jam in a pot, cream, cut up strawberries, bananas and kiwi with milk to finish:

A4 and B1 LOVE their muffin tin meals!
A4 and B1 LOVE their muffin tin meals!

For more muffin tin ideas:


For more ideas on activities to do with your tots and preschoolers:

Before Five in a Row Linky

Tot School

For more ideas from B4FIAR:

Delightful Learning

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20 comments

  1. What a wonderful waiter! I love how you explored hospitality! The books and activities are so much fun! We have done muffin tin lunches at our house too.

    I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Pinterest board and Facebook page.

  2. can we have a muffin tin meal next time please? scones and jam would be lovely. can’t get over how grown up the “waiter” looks

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