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avery's bakery

Collaborative pretend play (also called "dramatic play")  is essential for building language, learning everyday scripts, rules of play and social norms, perspective-taking, turn-taking and a host of other important early childhood skills.  I thought Avery would love running a bakery, so I gathered all of her pretend baked goods which included an assortment of breads, cupcakes, a cake and a pie.  I also threw in a couple of strawberries, measuring spoons and jars of jam and honey.  A couple of other details that helped complete Avery's bakery counter were Nod blocks spelling out the word "bakery," a bell for customers to ring and hanging oven mitts.  A rainbow felt garland added some colorful whimsy to the setting as well.  We talked about the kinds of items that bakeries sell and how customers visit and buy things with money.

Sources: Play food collected over the last few years (from IKEA, Haba Toys, Pottery Barn Kids, Plan Toys), wooden trays (Plan Toys), cake stands (Macy's), oven mitts and apron (Anthropologie), bakery boxes (Susiecakes) and play money (Sanrio).

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Reader Comments (2)

i absolutely ADORE this post!! avery's bakery is cuter than many REAL bakeries! i do this type of play often with my nieces and nephews (ages 3-5)... they LOVE playing shop, ice cream shop, restaurant, etc.. and i'm always placing elaborate and hilarious orders for them to fill, making them laugh...

and exchanging "money," too! i loved that type of play as a kid... and i can't wait to get teddy all sorts of fake foods and a little kitchen..

how CUTE is your little avery! :)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

Aw, thanks Lyndsay! Four dozen cupcakes and one five-tiered cake, please. :p

July 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterMichelle

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