Move over, there’s a princess in town! The majority of my caseload is boys, but I’ve got my fair share of girls too and they are all about the princesses. We’ve been using them to work on pronouns by pulling each out and saying “She is walking to the treasure chest. She is opening the lid. She is pulling out her jewels.”
I’ve got an assortment of colored flat marbles and gems that we sort based on gown color for color naming/matching practice. We line the gems up behind, beside or in front of her to get in a little preposition practice. It’s great fun!
Then, I was in Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago and came across diamond shaped press lights. I have no idea what these are designed for, but I was pretty excited! Sometimes we put our favorite princesses on top (I have three lights) and talk about what makes that princess so special. I’ve also used push lights in the past for practicing syllables or breaking a word down into its individual phonemes, so that might happen with some older girls next.
Then it was time to take the princesses on a bit of adventure to target a group plan, staying in the group and interactive pretend play. My little girls loved this in a big way! I set up a few dangerous situations with plastic animal friends–a dolphin that was stuck in quicksand, an elephant that was on a high ledge, a pig surrounded by lions, a butterfly trapped in a pond and a sheep that had fallen down a well. I put out the princesses, a piece of yarn (rope) and a tongue depressor (plank) and watched as my little ones started their rescue missions.
I loved that my little one decided all the princesses should be involved in pulling the rope to get their dolphin friend out. Once the pig was saved, the princesses put the lions in the quicksand and talked to them. Thus, rehabilitated the lions because pets of the princesses too! The butterfly had its wings dried by Rapunzel’s hair and then gave the princesses rides back to the castle. The fun went on and on! (Another funny add-on was that after each rescue all of the princesses hugged and hugged the animals. When my boys play superheroes, they do few rescue missions, preferring instead to attack the villains and beat them to death–which I do try to curb and substitute jail, but I can promise there has never been any hugging or remorse on behalf of the villains. Totally a gender stereotype, but I’m just reporting here.)
All of these activities are easily adapted to superheroes or pirates (who also have a love of everything glittery).
For fun, let me know your favorite princess below. Mine has to be Belle. I am soooooo envious of that library!