How to Make a Play Plan
HOW TO CREATE A PLAY PLAN AT HOME
Every child is at their own developmental stage. Our goal is to meet them where they are at and then support them to get to the next level. If your child is not independent at a certain level, you can just model it for them. This whole process should take between 5-10 minutes.
- You can choose to get a notebook, use construction paper, a dry erase board, chalk board, tablet, or any other creative way to get your picture and plan drawn.
- Choose an activity you will do next. When you have decided on an activity, think about a role and the props that would make the experience more authentic. For example, if I am going to play with Legos now, I could pretend my role is a construction worker and my props are Legos and tools. I would draw a picture of me building a house with Legos using a hammer and a screwdriver.
- Create a sentence using the stem, “I am going to …”this will help guide the picture.
- Encourage your child to start with a picture of themselves and support them as needed with the details. Then add to the picture with a role, actions, and props. It only has to be 1 idea, not the entire play scenario.
- After their picture is finished, help them add the details keeping their sentence in mind.
- As your child says their sentence, draw 1 line for each word.
Ex. I am going to build a Lego house.
STEP 1: _ __ _____ __ _____ _ ____ _____
STEP 2:Use their finger to touch and read each line after it is drawn to make sure there is 1 line for each word.
STEP 3: Either write the message on the line for your child or if they are aware of letter/sound correspondence, use the attached alphabet chart to help them write the initial and/or ending sound of the word.
I M G T B A L H______.
STEP 4: Say your sentence together and go play!
Today's Play Plan