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How to create learning opportunities while playing with your kids

Many Early childhood educators stress the importance of learning through play.  But how do we create learning opportunities while playing with our kids and our students?  It is not as hard as you might think. Incorporating imaginary play is a great way to get started.  Whether it is a tea party, pretend restaurant, gas station, hair dresser shop, etc...the ideas are endless.  

Learn through play while having a tea party with your kids

So when is the last time you had a tea party with your kiddos?  It's been a while for us.  As soon as I suggested we should have one, the kiddos were over the moon.  First we made some chocolate chip cookies, because tea parties always have cookies!

Learn through play while playing tea party and making cookies

Then we set up a blanket and gathered our cups, plates, and tea pot and set up all the invitees.  

As we were waiting for the cookies to finish I added in a little math time.  It kept them occupied and it was a great way to practice mental math.

Some sample questions could be:

  • How many plates do we need if we have 4 friends?
  • How many will we need if 2 more friends come? 
  • How many cups do we need if blue puppy doesn't come?  
  • How many cookies will each person get?   
  • If I give blue puppy a 1/2 a cookie and pink puppy a 1/2 a cookie.  How many cookies do we need?
  • If each cookie cost 10 cents how much money would we have?

Learn through play while playing tea party with kids


Then it was time to eat and drink!  The kiddos couldn't get enough of pouring and sipping, and pouring and sipping!  

As Spring approaches and the wet weather comes don't forget to make time for tea parties!

Learn through play and practice mental math while having a tea party

It's fun for everyone!

You might be interested in more ideas for learning through play centers (click on the picture for more ideas):


Learn through play with your kids in a pretend restaurant center Learn through play with your kids by using a pretend cashier center




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    1. Ah thanks! The kiddos are still talking about our tea party. I guess I shouldn't wait so long in between tea parties! Thanks for stopping by!

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