DIY Play Stand

I’m obsessed with these photos by  @baylieranaephoto

I’m obsessed with these photos by @baylieranaephoto

DIY Play Stand! Guys, seriously my girls are so happy with this super simple DIY play stand! They love to role play bake shop, grocery store, lemonade stand, and a puppet theatre. This seriously could not be easier. All I did was buy four of these large wooden pallet crates from Wal-mart, spray paint them (we used this color), and nail them together. We found some wooden sticks from Home Depot and screwed those on the side of the stand so that we could add different signs, banners, and our curtains. Just make sure your sticks are long enough so that a banner or sign doesn’t hang down in front of your child’s face, ours are 36 inches in length. I scored this material for the curtains for the puppet theatre for really cheap from Joann’s in November when they had first put out their Christmas prints, the same material is on sale now for after the holidays!

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Whether you’re a preschool teacher or parent, this DIY play stand is sure to steal the show!

Whether you’re a preschool teacher or parent, this DIY play stand is sure to steal the show!

Dramatic play is such an important component for a child’s development. They are role playing actual events from their life through play as they are engaging in dramatic play. As they do so, we are better able to understand their thoughts, emotions and feelings. Dramatic play assists a child in being able to make sense of their world. I loved watching Mr. Rogers documentary a couple of months ago to learn more about why he loved using puppets. He used them in order to connect with children not only for their sake, but for his own as well. He even used them on adults a couple of times. Puppets not only help children develop language skills, but they help children feel comfortable and safe to talk about emotions, engage in open ended play, story tell, and foster creativity and imagination. These puppets from Melissa and Doug are our favorite, and I seriously cannot believe the price! We currently have four different puppets from Melissa and Doug and a couple of others that I have found from IKEA, and I can’t wait to get more! We use them with some of our favorite picture books as well!

My 4 year old asked “Mr. King” if he would like some popcorn.

My 4 year old asked “Mr. King” if he would like some popcorn.

Photo by:  @baylieranaephoto  Puppets also work children’s fine motor skills and dexterity!

Photo by: @baylieranaephoto Puppets also work children’s fine motor skills and dexterity!

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We converted our stand into a “Bake Sale” Stand and the girls loved it! We use our pretend food, and our cash register for this dramatic play set up. Using our cash register as we play allows us to work on math concepts such as counting, adding, subtracting and number recognition. We also are able to learn about currency and talk about the different coins and their values. They not only love pretending to buy the baked goods, but they enjoy pretending to eat them as well! Seriously, their imagination is the limit with this play stand!

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We bought our pink alphabet banner from Zurchers a few years ago, but this one is the same concept! It’s so awesome! It has all of the letters of the alphabet with multiples! We pull it out all the time and can reuse it again and again to spell different words for holidays, events, and play!

Her little chef hat and apron is adorable and my girls always use it! We got ours a couple of years ago, but you can find a similar one  here .

Her little chef hat and apron is adorable and my girls always use it! We got ours a couple of years ago, but you can find a similar one here.

Felt cake and cookies are from  this seller  on  etsy

Felt cake and cookies are from this seller on etsy

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The ‘lemonade” sign was found at the clearance section in  Target  last summer, maybe there will be more there this coming summer ;) Photo by:  @asisiphotography

The ‘lemonade” sign was found at the clearance section in Target last summer, maybe there will be more there this coming summer ;) Photo by: @asisiphotography

We enjoyed our DIY Play Stand for a Lemonade stand in the summer last year as well! Oh man, I don’t know who was more excited, mom to see her cute girls running the show, or the girls! They loved it! As soon as we were done, they kept asking over and over, when they could sell lemonade again! We added in some lemon cookies, and fresh lemons for display. It is fun being able to not only role play sale stands, but to actually incorporate them in real life as well! This stand will definitely be making an appearance again, whether in our living room or outside.

We have customers! Photo by:  @asisiphotography

We have customers! Photo by: @asisiphotography

…and this picture, because dang, she’s cute! Photo by:  @asisiphotography

…and this picture, because dang, she’s cute! Photo by: @asisiphotography

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Have fun getting your DIY on!