Purchasing items for your dramatic play space doesn't have to break the bank! Below you find some of my favorite free and DIY Ideas for your Dramatic Play Space, shared by our readers and found around the web!
I love building things out of PVC. Check out this cute PVC Playhouse from Sweetest Littles.
kitchen in a box
This portable Kids Play Stove is the perfect option for a provider with limited space-Created by Kids Pink Plate
build your own play stand
I highly recommend adding a play stand to your dramatic play space. If you can't find a used one at a garage sale, and are feeling crafty-you should check out our DIY Play stand tutorial which shows you how to make one for less than $50! On our site, you can also find tons of ideas on how to use your play stand for dramatic play!
Our reader Crystal shared a photo of this pretend "Kale" that she saw at her local children's museum. Recreate this for your own space, by adding tissue paper to your recycled food containers.
DIY FOOD CONTAINERS
Kids love using recycled food containers, but if you don't have any you can check out these FREE food labels from Sew Cake Make and add them to any plain box!
use real food
One of the main purposes of a housekeeping space is for young children to take on the jobs found inside the home, including cooking! Our friends at Cre8tive kids Childcare added some dried pasta to their space!
Build your own play kitchen
I love this DIY Toddler Kitchen Tutorial from Peek-a-boo pages, See how to make your own!
child size mop
One of the important jobs at home is cleaning! You can easily add dish rags, and sponges to your space. Learn how you can create your own child sized mop for only $1 with this tutorial from Pre-K Printable Fun
cardboard washing machine
I love making things out of card board. This adorable cardboard washing machine Pink Lemonade shared is just adorable!
This cardboard washing Machine
from Pink Lemonade is so clever!
Making Lemonade shows you how to create your own Market from items you have around the house!
Adventurous Learning shared these fabulous noodles made from yarn. These would be a perfect addition to compliment a Chinese Restaurant Dramatic Play Space
felt and pom pom pies
Our friends Sherry from First Friends Family Child Care shared these fabulous Pies she made from Felt and Pom Poms!
Learn how to print on felt
Check out our tutorial on how to
make your own printed felt food!
Free printable menus and tickets
Amy J Delightful is offering these Free Printable "Order Tickets"
that can be used for your pretend Restaurants
cardboard mail box
Create your own cardboard Mail Box
with this tutorial from IKATBAG
free pet adoption forms
Learn, Create, Love Created these adorable Free Pet Adoption Forms
ice cream labels
Free Ice Cream Shop Pretend Play Labels from Spell Outloud
Library Pretend play
Kids love playing library , be sure to check out this great post on the Pleasantest Thing
free spider exhibit
Do you have an arachnologist in your midst? Check out our free spider exhibit set.
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