Penguins are well-loved animals and are a popular subject for art activities and sensory bins. Here they get a further notice in a penguin pretend play tablescape.
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My preschoolers love to discover seasonal loose parts in a dramatic play center. And just a few themed accessories and matching loose parts make for engaging learning through play. Supplies collected for this penguin-themed tablescape are:
- crafted foam penguins
- penguin coasters and cookie tin
- muffin tin and cupcake liners with a penguin theme
- mini penguin erasers
- penguin ice cube tray
- black bowls, baskets, trays, and serving spoon
- white spoons and forks
- clear cups and faux ice cubes
- black and white plaid styrofoam balls
- red, black, and white stuffed felt hearts
- black and white letter tiles
- cotton balls
- white buttons and pearl beads
- black and white gift box, placemat, and striped straws
- play food fish and eggs
- penguin themed key chains
- white tablecloth
The Penguin Pretend Play Tablescape
Even though we have snow in our area well into March most years, penguin-themed supplies are usually only available in fall or early December. If you see them, you buy them because there is no guarantee you will spot them again.
In this bin, the penguin-themed coasters, cookie tin, and ice cube tray are dollar store finds.
Black bowls, serving spoons, and trays as well as white forks and spoons fit the color scheme.
Mini penguin erasers and penguin-themed cupcake liners add character to the theme.
Crafted foam penguins and stuffed felt hearts make great play cookies.
Penguins eat fish and lay eggs, so fish and egg play food is a good fit.
A black and white gift box and placemat add design elements. The letter tiles give the opportunity to spell the word “penguin.”
A mound of cotton balls is a reminder of the snowy environment most penguins live in.
The penguin-themed key chains make great dinner party favors.
Black and/or white loose parts such as buttons, straws, pearl beads, and cloth-covered styrofoam balls round out the supplies.
All accessories are set on a white tablecloth.
This penguin-themed pretend play tablescape is a good example of how a few themed supplies and inexpensive complimentary loose parts offer many dramatic play opportunities.
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© Annette Kaminsky February 9, 2023
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