We welcome July with a new rotating area and the first time we are doing Dinosaur Pretend Play. We know the kids love learning about these prehistoric creatures and we can’t wait for them to explore all the new toys.
The area includes a dino backdrop and a rug scene with volcanos.
There are multiple dinosaur figures of all species, some with texture and even wheels.
In this dinosaur pretend play are you can feed a dinosaur, plus it teaches you how to count.
Dress up like a dinosaur with our dinosaur cape.
Read a dinosaur book with sounds and learn the names of each of these creatures.
We’re making some noise over at Imagine Play this month with our Music Dramatic Play. We know how much kids love to sing, dance and create. This month’s theme will fulfill the hearts of those creative minds.
We start with a picture worthy musical backdrop.
The back wall includes a Xylophone (not pictured) and a light up frog drum set. The kids can freestyle, but there is a also a game where they kids have to catch a fly by tapping the drum when they see the fly.
There is also a guitar the kids can wear and pretend to rock out. It plays different genres of music and has light up buttons.
The kids love to dance on the giant floor piano. They can freestyle and also record a song and play it back.
However, their favorite activity from the Music Dramatic Play is singing along to Moana and Elsa on these microphones. They can spend quite a while listening and following along to the words.
Come join us for Open Play this month to create music.
Items featured on this blog are below or you can search other Pretend Play items here:
Sweater weather is in the air, the leaves are changing colors and it’s almost time for trick or treating. We know the kids love visiting the pumpkin patch this time of the year, so we brought the pumpkin patch indoors. Your kids will love picking pumpkins in our pumpkin patch dramatic play area.
Our patch includes all different size pumpkins with some fun textured one for sensory. We especially love the stuffed pumpkins wrapped like a sweater.
The kids can pick pumpkins and roll it around on a wagon.
They can make friends with our scarecrows….
….or relax on some hay bales.
One of the things we love about the pumpkins is they are light enough for even the littlest of kids to carry. We can’t wait to see your kids enjoy our pumpkin patch in our pretend play area. Come visit us for open play soon.
Most of the items from our pumpkin patch was purchased from our local craft store this year, such as Joanns. However, you can purchase some similar items here:
This month’s rotating theme in our play area is Camping pretend play. It’s our first theme that we are recycling as we approach our 1 year anniversary. We re-used our camping tent, but have a bunch of new accessories for our camping theme too. We included a woodsy backdrop to complete the camping atmosphere.
You can’t go camping without looking the part. The kids can dress up in a adventure vest and hat. Don’t forget the binoculars for some bird watching.
Listen and learn about the sound of animals in the wilderness with our animal caller.
After sit around the camp fire and roast some marshmallows with your friends.
When they are tired they can gaze upon the stars in their tent.
Since August is back to school month we thought we would join in the festivities and do our own back to school pretend play. Even your non-school age kids can go back to school at Imagine Play.
The kids can ride to school on their very own yellow school bus and park it on campus.
The theme includes an art desk that we adore! They come with a little drawer to store all the kids art supplies. The perfect combination of cute style and function, it would look awesome in a child’s bedroom!
Instead of including notebooks and pens we decided to put these magnetic mazes from Lakeshore Learning on the desks. The kids can pretend to write with the magnetic pens. We have several themes for mazes, which helps the kids learn their letters and shapes.
Read to your kids in our back to school corner. We included a very sensory friendly book and a classic that every kid loves by Eric Carle.
Toddler friendly backpacks are hung on the wall for kids to carry around their favorite thing. This is such a cute edition to our back to school pretend play theme and the kids love wearing them!
Lastly, an alphabet pocket center is includes with flash cards. Kids can sort the cards by letters and learn the objects associated with each letter.
Back to school has been a joy to put together and we know your kids will enjoy going back to school too! Visit us for open play in the month of August to enjoy this play area.
You can buy any of the items from this theme below:
Every month we change our pretend area and July’s theme is Summer Cookout as inspired by the season.
To develop our dramatic play area we tried to think about all the fun things about summer such as going to the beach, barbecues and outdoor games. Here’s what we came up with to incorporate our Summer Cookout Pretend Play ideas.
The statement piece of this area is the giant connect 4, which we have to admit that we’ve had in our amazon wish list since before we opened. It’s is a great representation of fun childhood games only giant size and made for backyard fun.
Even though most of the kids haven’t grasp the concept of the game, they still like to put the donuts in the connector just the same.
This little Webster grill looks like the real thing. It even comes hamburger items that the kids can have fun stacking and taking apart. The kids love cooking on it. You can get it in the bigger version as well. We opted for the more beach friendly version.
Our interpretation of the beach us this felt aquarium. The kids love making their own water scene and it’s educational too by helping the kids recognize animals. They love the ones that look like our favorite Disney fishes.
You can come visit us for Open Play to enjoy July’s Summer Cookout Pretend Play area or visit us next month for another surprise.
All the toys listed in this blog can be bought below.