In a few months, life as we know it in the Riley Family will change forever as Ayva starts kindergarten. I’m having a really hard time believing it, because, wasn’t it just 4 days ago that I brought her home from the hospital for the first time? I mean, come on life. Slow down, why don’t you! When I’m not being delusional about the start of grammar school for my little girl, I’m slowly starting to prepare her for the big K. We work on her reading, writing, and math often. Lately, I’ve started to create projects to help build those good old 21st century skills that she’ll need for the rest of her life.
Last week, Ayva asked to make a puppet theater, and out of that request came a diaroma. Of course, she didn’t know that she was making a diaroma at first, but as she made different choices, she was able to create something (that she considered) even better. This is a great, no stress way to introduce little ones to the concept of managing a project from the beginning to the end, and thinking creatively. I don’t plan to be one of those parents who does my child’s school work for them, so by starting early, I can make sure Ayva is confident and competent, when it’s her time to get stuff done!
Making a diaroma with a preschooler is not difficult at all. With just a few materials, your child can let their imagination soar, and create a little world that they can use with their dolls, puppets, or (if you’re child is like mine) other inanimate objects like sticks and rocks that she makes up personalities for! Below, you can see how we created the foundation for our diaroma, and we’ll be adding on to it over the next few weeks. Ayva wants to add some dimensions to it by creating a bird that floats from the sky on a piece of string, and paper dolls representing her friends.
- Any size box
- glue sticks
- other material that you have in your home (we used Easter basket grass and cotton balls)
- Talk about the scene that you’d like to create in your diaroma.
- Prepare your materials ahead of time. Talk about what you’ll need with your preschooler, and let her help you gather things.
- Start by painting the inside of the box. I was hoping we could paint the entire inside, but Ayva didn’t like that idea. It’s her project, so I went with it.
- Add any other embellishments that you like to your scene.
It’s so simple, right? What are some things that you’ve done to help get your little one ready for kindergarten?