What is a Guided Play Session?
I currently offer small group themed preschool guided play sessions, as well as various other activities. Each guided play session provides a uniquely educational and fun experience using a combination of exploratory learning and guided play techniques. I lead the children through approximately 45- 60 minutes of creative hands-on activities exploring: science, art, math, and storytime.
These guided play sessions are best for ages 2 1/2 thru 5 years; the younger children may need more help from a parent. These are informal preschool type classes that are focused on creating a fun learning environment, and meant to introduce a little structure in a small group setting. Activities are designed for children to be capable of doing fairly independently with the group. Parents are welcomed to join in to provide a fun bonding experience, or choose to sit back to observe a bit while the children partake. Some children may need more parental assistance depending on a their age, skill level, or interests.
Guided play sessions serve as great learning resources for children not yet in a school program, as well as for those already attending such programs. For those not yet enrolled in a school program these sessions provide an entertaining educational experience, introduction to routine/transitioning, and preparation for group work. Sessions will provide a worthwhile enjoyable learning/socialization experience without the hassle, cost, time, planning, preparation, and mess of having to do it yourself. For children already attending a school program, the guided play sessions will serve as the perfect enrichment tool. The sessions will create a small group experience with hands-on activities and science components that are not always feasible in a traditional school setting.
Sample Guided Play Activity Descriptions-
1) Exploration- Exploring Water with Measuring & Pouring
2) Science Experiment- Rain Cloud Experiments
3) Art- Rain Drop Painting with Eyedroppers & Liquid Watercolors
4) Math Game- Rainy Day Number Match Pictures & Pom Pom Gluing
5) Storytime & Snack- Raisin Raindrops
Guided Play Photos:
St. Patrick’s Day Fun