A special make-over in home corner can be a great way to get children to engage in dramatic play. Children love having an ice-cream shop to play in :)!
The great thing about an ice-cream shop is that the children can be actively engaged in creating a menu, signs and even making ice-creams.
Ice-cream Shop Set Up
There are some props which work really well such as: shop signs, menus, ice-cream scoops, spoons, napkins, empty containers, bowls, a cash register, tablecloth and of course… pretend ice-creams! It’s also handy to include some paper and pencils so that the children can engage in role play writing. I teach the children about the different roles of people who work in an ice-cream shop. Then I use role play lanyards and a timer to ensure everyone gets a fair turn at each role. Usually the children become quite good at negotiating turn-taking amongst themselves.
I found some great play food ice-creams at Kmart. It’s also worthwhile getting the children to make their ice-creams out of craft materials. Pom poms, scrunched up tissue paper and play dough make excellent ice-creams. Cones can be made out of scrap paper or card stock.
I experimented making ice-cream pom poms out of wool and discovered multi-coloured wool makes an excellent rainbow or bubblegum flavoured ice-cream!
To make the pom poms cut out two cardboard “c” shapes. Wrap the wool around the c’s until there are around 3-5 layers of wool. Carefully cut the wool in the centre of the two cs whilst wrapping one long piece around the centre where you’ve cut. Then tie the wool you’ve wrapped around the centre. Voilà – you now have a pom pom!
Ice-cream Shop Resources
A full set of resources for your ice-cream shop are available here. This pack includes bunting, signs, menus and a range of other fun props.