After making our our play food (cakes) yesterday, I just had to make a cafe for J to really enjoy playing with them. As they were nice and dry this morning and J was at swimming, I couldn’t resist and despite appearances, it only took me 15 minutes and it will be out for the entire week ahead, so well worth the set-up time.
These were the stones covered in paint, now known as Strawberry Swirls, Pear Drops and Lemon Sweeties. I labelled the jars and added a price so that J could rehearse his number recognition. Whenever we can incorporate print into play, we should, as children need to know that writing/print has a purpose. Screwing and unscrewing the lids are also fab for fine motor development.
I made sure I labelled all of the cakes and included a price for lots of number recall and so J could ask what they said. I made the cakes look as appealing as possible and displayed them as they do in the coffee shops J and I sometimes visit! Not that we eat cakes of course!
At Easter, we bought J a toy sandwich kit rather than chocolate! He loves them and they live in his kitchen normally but I added them to the cafe so that J could make sandwiches to order. This is great for J’s listening skills and memory as he has to remember our order correctly and include all the items!
I also included a till with real coins so that J could have the opportunity to develop his understanding of money, their value and number recognition on the till. Finally, we had some tea and coffee making facilities!
J has had a great time with this today and thank goodness the toy food is not calorific as I’ve ordered and eaten A LOT of food! I hadn’t included the tongs (hadn’t thought of it) but J insisted he used them as he didn’t want to get germs on the food! What a professional!
J is fab at his number recognition and made sure he pressed the correct numbers when typing in the price!
When ordering sweets, we said we wanted 5 strawberry swirls and J had to count them out onto the plates! Lovely counting rehearsal through play!
J loved making the coffee and made the noises he has heard in real coffee shops to show he really was immersed in the role play!
What did J learn?
- Number recognition and recall
- Counting objects
- Fine motor development
- Speaking and listening
- Memory skills – remembering fillings and orders
- Taking on roles and recreating his experiences
- Understanding print has a meaning