Playing School (unstructured structure)

Parrot (colored by me, drawn by my daughter)


I am at my computer and eavesdropping on my children playing.  I love how they can play together for HOURS on Saturdays!  Right now they are playing school.  My office is half play room and I USUALLY love it.  They have a corner with a felt letter board (a birthday gift / total splurge) and an Ikea chalkboard easel (that makes up for the splurge) – the perfect classroom.  My 6 year old daughter is the teacher and my 4 year old son is the student.


She is doing a fair amount of “selling” her class to him.  She is trying to teach him letters on the felt letter board. But she is losing him FAST so she switches to play-time.  Then into story-time.  Boy, this school day is going by fast!  She is reading Sandra Boynton’s Horns and Toes and in Between then Byron Barton’s Three Bears.  I love hearing them interject details about the story like I do when I read to them.  “And the chair is broken into pieces…”  then my son says, “they are gonna be MAD.”  Now he is starting to get rambunctious.  She says, “Shhh, or you’re not going to get computer-time.”

Now it’s coloring-time!  Oh wait, I guess I’m in the class too and must color a parrot…

My daughter made the coloring pages with her Klutz Mix and Match Drawing book.  She loves this book and I think it is pretty cool too.  She photocopied her drawings so that we could each have a set.  I love school this time around!

Mix and Match Drawing: A step-by-step drawing studio (Klutz)


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