Set up a coffee shop dramatic play scene for some great role-play, language development, story telling, money play and emergent writing! Fun, creative and educational too!
We set up a little table and chairs with a tea towel table cloth, a vase of paper flowers, china plates and tiny cups, a toast rack, a ceramic tea pot, real coffee pot, paper napkins and our wooden cake set. Then we made some herbal tea, frothy milk with chocolate sprinkles and brought out some real cakes on a dish.
Cakie made a menu by using emergent writing marks, from left to right across the pages in zig-zags and squiggles, mimicking the style of adults. She narrated what it was she was writing as she did so, “cakes and hot chocolate and sandwiches and drinks.” The girls then took it in turns to be the waitress, holding a notepad to scribble down the orders, and going away to bring back the drinks and serve them up. Creating context-ricj scearios for “real writing” with a purpose, is a fundamentally important stage in the early literacy process and it shouldn’t be rushed or dismissed as unimportant. It’s how they come to understand the value and purpose behind words!
We enjoyed our real cakes, tea and hot milk and when Cakie decided it was closing time (we were kicked out without any warning!) we used our real coins and play till to count up the money we owed and pay up! Great for number recognition, counting and understanding about money.
This activity promotes: early literacy, early maths, recognising and naming coins, recognising numerals, counting up to a certain amount, pretend reading and writing, mark making, acting in role, taking on a character, storytelling, understanding of how cafes work, talking about the job of a waitress and chef
See our other role-play scenarios and their learning benefits here:
Shoe shop dramatic play
Doctor’s surgery dramatic play
Garden Centre pretend play
Play dough sweet shop role play
Play dough bakery role play
Post Office pretend play
What a lovely idea! Do you plan these sorts of activities in advance? Or do you see what the day brings? I never seem to get ahead with any planned activities so it’s often just a case of making things up as we go along.
Emma @sciencesparks says
i love this Anna, I can’t wait to play it with my girls tomorrow. xx
Ooh we did this outside in the summer with the play house as the shop and made menus/signs etc. They loved it! 🙂
Growing a Jeweled Rose says
What fun! I love the emergent writing scribbles. Something to look forward to as my girls grow 🙂
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
Gorgeous!! We just love this type of play.
Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan says
Beautiful pictures! I love how you described her emergent writing. Every step is so very important!