My husband commutes into the city everyday and we are left with little family time during the week. So to fit some family fun in we decided to turn dinner time into play time ! My son and I planned the meal, the menu and even met my husband at the door “in character”. It was a blast! Pretend play is a major part of preschooler’s play and there are ample opportunities to learn or simply connect with your kids within pretend play.
- Gather your materials. Grab some paper and a marker to make a menu and get your food cooking! A you can see our menu was kind of spendy! Let your child set the prices.
- Make some table settings that are appropriate for the restaurant you are pretending to be, for us it was a local fish and chips shop so we gathered up some ketchup, tartar sauce and set the table with the obligatory water. We rolled our silverware in paper towels and taped it with some paper.
- We prepared the bread and butter.
- Met our customer at the door… that sign is sitting on our Recycled Music Stand we made a while back.
- Took his order
- Then I took his order- hey there are no rules to pretend play the waiter eats with the customers at our restaurant.
- Enjoyed some appetizers and ate our food.
- Then presented him with our bill. If you have older siblings this would be a fun part to practice addition, explain taxes etc…
Remember to have fun even if the only time you have to do it is dinner time on a busy weekday!