My children love dramatic play activities. With some simple materials you can easily set the scene for great imaginative adventures. This week we set up camp in our family room and went on a spider hunt in our play area. An activity like this is sure to get the children excited and is a great starting point for further theme based learning!
Setting Up for a Spider Hunt
To set up this spider hunt dramatic play activity you will need:
- a corner, table, tent, or anything that can be transformed into a ‘base camp’
- sleeping bag, pillows, or blankets to decorate your base camp
- the Dramatic Play Camping Kit by Pre-K Pages to further set the scene for your base camp
- magnifying glass, notebooks, pencils, or other props our brave explorers could use
- jars or containers to hold the spiders
- plastic spiders
- thread or yarn for making spider webs
The purpose for setting up a kind of base camp is to have a place from where to start the activity and for the children to have a place to come back to once they have found the spiders or need help along the way. In setting up a base camp, there is also an opportunity to really set the scene for the spider hunt adventure and get the children excited about the activity.
Depending on where you live, you can adjust the theme of your activity to your local surroundings and make it relevant to the children and their interests. I really encourage you to get creative and think outside the box in finding props and using natural materials to add that extra touch.
Spider Hunt Activity
Going on a spider hunt is an especially fun activity for preschoolers, who have such an enthusiasm for simple games and adore pretend play. The basic goal of the activity is to invite the children to search for hidden spiders and bring them back to the base camp.
You can make little spider webs by wrapping thread or yarn around everyday items and put some plastic spiders in there. In our play room I made simple spider webs in the play kitchen, doll house, under the chairs, and in and around various pieces of furniture and play things.
Dramatic play activities are hands down a favorite in our family, mostly because they are so open ended. It’s very easy to change the storyline, switch up the decorations, add educational elements, or go wherever the children lead you.
And that’s the fun thing about imaginative play: everything is possible. So I hope this simple activity will inspire you to organize your very own spider hunt at home or in the classroom. Most of all: have fun!
BIO: Ann is a mom of two (and one on the way!) with a love for creating things. She adores imaginative play in action and is always in the middle of 101 creative projects. Visit Ann’s blog Little Worlds, Big Adventures to see her latest creations and creative play ideas. You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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