25 Easy Pretend Play Ideas

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Pretend play is one of the essential preschool activities for children. When I would meet a new student who did not know how to engage in pretend play my heart would sink and immediately I’d run through all my ideas in my head to see which would spark their interest and open the door to a world of limitless possibilities. That is what pretend play is but that isn’t why it’s so important. Kids aren’t just living in what many adults would call a fantasy world, instead most of their play has deep roots in reality, and it offers them a chance to practice social situations, adult roles and even play out fears and anxiety in a safe place.

See why it’s so important?

Still starting this journey can be hard for families so below I have some easy to set up scenarios and easy to make props to serve as launching pads. Don’t make the boundaries too rigid, just use these ideas to set the scene and let your child run with it, you sit back and play along. There is no need for specific goals – just play. Trust me they are learning more than we think they are.

  1. Superhero Props & Play
  2. Playdough Cupcake Bakery
  3. Vet Clinic
  4. Laundry Basket Sail Boat
  5. Airplane Voyage
  6. Princess Wand
  7. Pretend Play Elevator
  8. Robot Costume
  9. Weather Man
  10. Pizza Parlor Play
  11. Music Stand for Kid Concerts
  12. Kitchen Camp Out
  13. Cowboy Vest
  14. Pretend Play Art Gallery
  15. Coffee Shop Play
  16. Cereal Box Laptop
  17. Fire Truck
  18. Restaurant Play
  19. Science Lab
  20. Bubble Wand Lightsabre
  21. Library Play
  22. Knight’s Shield
  23. Santa’s Workshop – Be An Elf !
  24. Grocery Store Play.
  25. Post Office Play .

These are just our favorites . Browse through all our Pretend Play Ideas Here.

What does your child like to pretend to be?

15 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

easy st.patricks day crafts for kids

St. Patrick’s Day is around the bend and we have a ton of St. Patrick’s Day crafts that we’ve done over the years but I chose 15 to showcase. These projects aren’t just  filled with leprechaun magic , like everything you find here at No Time For Flash Cards they are geared to help your child develop and learn while having fun.  Click through to browse all our St.Patrick’s Day activities or click the post title below to be taken to that specific tutorial.

Lucky Gold Hunt
Shamrock Crispy Rice Treats
Toilet Paper Roll Shamrocks
Marshmallow Shamrock
Pot Of Gold Treat Bag
Marshmallow Rainbow
Shamrock Garland
Hand Print Shamrock
Potato Printing
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub
St. Patrick’s Day Discovery Bottles
Shrinky Dink Shamrock Charm
Gold Hunt Sensory Tub
Texture Collage Shamrock
Shape 4 Leaf Clover

Rainbow Crafts For Kids

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I love rainbow crafts and with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching they seem to be one of the more popular searches on my site right now. Even if you aren’t celebrating St.Patrick’s Day rainbows are great preschool crafts for kids. To make it easier for you I rounded them all up so you can find what you need easily when it’s time to add a little color to craft time .

Pom Pom Rainbow Wreath
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub
Color Wheel Match
Scrap Paper Rainbow
Rainbow Color Match
Trash Rainbow Collage
Rainbow Discovery Bottle
Marshmallow Rainbow
Rainbow R Letter Craft
End Of The Rainbow – St. Patrick’s Day Treat Bags

Sea Animal Crafts & Activities

As our archive of kids crafts and art project ideas continues to grow I like to take a day each week (or so) to do a round up. They help you find what you need fast! Here are 15 sea animal crafts and activities for you to try with your kids.

Paper Bag Octopus
Bubble Wrap School Of Fish
Sea Urchin
Sea Horse
Sticky Fish Sun Catcher
Walnut Shell Turtles
Paper Plate Jelly Fish
Alphabet Fishing Game
Finger Print Fish
Puffy Paint Fish
Paper Plate Crab
Simple Starfish
Ocean Sensory Tub
Bubble Wrap Starfish
Cupcake Liner Jelly Fish

 

Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

I know you guys are searching for fun Valentine’s Day Crafts for your kids to start making friends, neighbors, classmates, and of course family. Well since it’s the weekend I thought I’d dig through our archives to find you some of our best!

Valentine’s Day Educational Crafts

You can have fun with this Valentine’s Day Word Search or the Valentine’s Day Card Garland that includes a great math lesson too, or maybe Heart Pattern Sorting.

Valentine’s Day Food To Make

For a snack you could grab a hammer and crush some cinnamon hearts for this yummy Valentine’s Day Treat  or make shapes and letters on these XOXO Cupcakes with rope licorice, or even a Easy Heart Shape Tortilla Pizza which is a tradition in our house.

Valentine’s Day Movement

You will have to burn off those treats with our Musical Hearts Game ( check out the video) or make a Valentine’s Day Tambourine and dance around making music!

Valentine’s Day Gifts

What princess would not love this Valentine’s Day Princess Wand? Or for kids that are more into things with wheels a Valentine’s Day Dump Truck. I like the Napkin Ring Necklace the best though.

These are just our old favorites. There are even more Valentine’s Day Crafts to browse and a few new ideas up our sleeves.