A couple weeks ago my daughter had winter vacation from school. In October? Really? Its still hot outside! Anyway, this meant her and another school aged girl would be at daycare all week. It’s quite a challenge to keep all the kids entertained and happy whenever the girls are on break from school. The older kids want nothing to do with the little kid activities. “These are easy peasy” they say, as they zip through coloring pages and scissor practice sheets. Well, excuuuuse me!
I knew i had to set up some type of activity that the girls would love and that would keep them busy for longer than 15 minute increments. Off to Pinterest I go! I looked up some daycare dramatic play ideas and found tons of cute things. One thing about me, I’m very frugal! I love to use what I have on hand, buy at the dollar store, or just make myself! I came across a few different play doh bakery ideas. I thought, this would be great for the girls and I had everything I needed on hand to set this up!
First I pinned a few different ideas just to generalize what I wanted to do. I loved the idea from The Imagination Tree here and loved the FREE (my favorite word!) printables from Very Little Bear here. With these I created my own little dramatic play bakery in our garage/playroom. Our version may not be as pretty as the others but it did the job and the kids all loved it! It kept them occupied the entire week and they begged to play bakery every day.
The play doh the kids used was a homemade recipe I found on Pinterest from How Does She here . Although regular play doh isn’t expensive, this is fun to make and in my opinion stays squishy longer.
I set up a big table and made a sign out of some poster board I had. The kids loved the sign. I also set up a cordless phone and cash register for them. We pretended I was calling in orders as some of the took the orders, made them, then delivered them to me.
In the end this was definitely a success an something I know I will use again in the future.