If you’re looking for a new idea for home corner other than the traditional doctors surgery or post office, creating an Italian restaurant or a book cafe is a lot of fun.
Role play activities appeal to older children just as much as the young ones, so it is handy to incorporate into a mathematics unit on fractions or money.
I found the red and white check cloth in the fabric section of a craft store (Spotlight – Australia). The cash register and play pizza are from Kmart.
An easy way to make play spaghetti is to cut up some thick white wool and add some large red pom poms for the meatballs.
If you’re looking to save money, instead of buying official lanyards you can make your own out of ribbon. The role play tags are great for solving arguments such as whose turn it is on the cash register! The pack contains posters on what each role has to do. It is a good idea to use a timer to regularly rotate the roles so that each child gets a fair turn.
Italian Restaurant Role Play Resources
I’ve made a pack which includes all the signs you need for setting up a play Italian restaurant or book cafe. It even includes some food you can laminate to match the menu if you don’t have play food on hand. There are some other fun props you could add such as real take away pizza boxes and utensils. I love including cutlery and play dinnerware to teach children how to set a table. In the past I’ve also created a little pretend window – I painted an outdoor scene and added some little curtains on top. In every class where I’ve set this activity up, the children have loved it – even the older children!
Here is a link to a great pizza oven made out of a cardboard box!
Cardboard Box Pizza Oven