Sunday, 19 February 2012

Play Pretend - Paper Bakery

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PRETEND PLAY BAKERY

I know what you're thinking, and yes, I do have pretty awesome bakings skills... but take another look, nothing on this dining table is real!


PRESCHOOL IMAGINATIVE PLAY

If you follow us on Facebook you might have seen that I shared an update from Let's Explore that suggested cutting up grocery ads and sticking them to paper plates to make pretend meals. I thought this sounded like fun, so Vin and I went through a couple of my magazines, but when we were done we were left with lots of pictures of cupcakes, flapjacks, scones and souffle. So why not turn our pretend play into a Paper Bakery (a fakery if you will)

PRETEND PLAY CUPCAKE SHOP

I stuck some of the bigger pictures to pieces of card to make them stand up and blu-tacked some items to a set of cake tins to add some height to our display, a couple of lacy doilies and some plates from the play-food set and we were ready to roleplay.

CUPCAKE SHOP PRETEND PLAY

I love how realistic some of the food actually looks - Vin kept reminding me 'just pretend mommy' - I guess my yummy noises were too authentic for him


PLAY FOOD CUPCAKE

I put some of the plastic play-food and some playdough 'cupcakes' out but they didn't even get a look in!


ROLE PLAY BAKERY

Lately I've been thinking about how trying to do things for free and with only the resources you already have really makes you more creative. Often I have an idea to play first thing in the morning, so I go rummaging around to see what I can dig out of the cupboards and my assorted craft stashes. I think it's important to be a raging hoarder: cardboard boxes, interesting shaped bottles, fabric scraps... they'll all come in useful in some playtime or another. 

ROLE PLAY CUPCAKE SHOP

So friends, what do you think of our paper bakery? Can I interest you in a lovely glossy doughnut or two?

TODDLER PLAY IDEAS

9 comments:

  1. What a great idea!! We recently cut up some of Miss E's coloring book pictures that had food. We laminated them and stuck them in her pretend food box. They have gotten a lot of use.

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  2. This is pretty cool! I love the line "I think it's important to be a raging hoarder" I keep trying to convince my hubby of this...lol...
    Good Job Momma!

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  3. Fantastic! So glad I inspired a bit of play at your house. Keep on hoarding those free supplies! :)

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  4. I love this post! What a great idea!!! I will defintely be creating some imaginary play set ups with some magazine clippings. I have pinned for future refernce, and like this so much, I am sharing it to my Facebook! Well done!

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  5. You already know I love this post. Thanks so much for sharing it with Tuesday Tots!

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  6. Oooh what fun! Doesn't it all look wonderful? Love how you can pack it all up so easily and take with you!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  7. What a great idea - I love the idea of using magasines in play especially as I have quite a few food magasines and need to get rid of all of the fattening recipes.

    Thank you for sharing on Tuesday Tots

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  8. I too am a 'Raging Hoarder"LOL! I have 3 room of stuff for my PReschool.It's an on-going joke/battle in my household but the funny thing is that everyone needs something that I have hoarded. That's when I remind them of their mean comments! I love this idea and am on my way to go find my stash of magazines and start clipping!Thanks!

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