Transforming your housekeeping to a Chinese Restaurant or home can be simple. The two best resources for materials are your local Asian market and the fabric store. Here are a few photos from around the classroom:
One year I wrote a grant and ordered these wonderful Evi dollhouse dolls for my dollhouse. I purchased several sets to fit the different fairy tales we move through during the year.
I always put out fabric in the block area. During the Chinese New Year unit I place Asian inspired fabrics, strips of the colors seen in the Asian palette, and even place mats. This student took the Asian inspired fabric and covered the dollhouse. I think it was quite a lovely touch!
She took some of the blocks and build a ladder to the upper level. It is so cool when materials find new uses. I value creativity thinking so much!! It is such a delight!
In Chinatown, I found so many traditional costume dress for children. My local Asian market sells these as well. I have a basket full for the children to dress-up in.
I have a nice assortment of fabric fans. Paper fans usually do not withstand the play!
The housekeeping area is filled to the brim with assorted items that bring the mood of China. I used two calendars from a local restaurant for a "screen" effect on my playstand.
My local Asian market sells Chinese restaurant dishes. They are perfect for housekeeping.
I save Chinese tins, containers and any photos I might find in magazines and journals.