My preschoolers love loose parts. One of the places they especially enjoy using them is in the play kitchen. Lately, unless loose parts are added to the center, they aren’t too impressed. And so for the first few weeks of March. I set up this St. Patrick’s Day tablescape.
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Supplies To Collect
Here are table décor and loose parts to gather for an eye-popping St. Pat’s tablescape. You can go all out in adding accessories or just choose a few items.
- shamrock-themed plates, cups, napkins, and serving tray
- green bowls, serving utensils, and ice cube tray
- orange, green, and yellow cutlery
- plastic shamrock “coasters”
- yellow, green, and orange fruit and vegetable play food
- felt “cookies and pretzels”
- green buttons, bottlecaps, eggs, and marbles
- leprechaun hat, rainbow, and shamrock erasers
- green beads and bead strips cut from garland
- yellow and green pom poms
- gold and green coins
- light up green teddy bear
- St. Patrick’s Day necklaces and bracelets
- metallic shamrock table scatter
- white and green carnations in a plastic jar vase
- green or orange plastic tablecloth
The St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape
Arrange the table décor and loose parts on toy shelves and in play kitchen appliances. There will be many inviting pieces for early learners to explore and use.
The tablescape above is mostly done in shades of green with a little bit of gold. In the set-up below, an orange tablecloth and green, yellow, and orange produce add color to the play center.
Including a variety of loose parts allows children to use their imagination in dramatic play. Garland strips become green noodles, marbles transform into pickles, and pot of gold erasers are served as popcorn. Other pieces are used to make cake batter for a triple-layer cake. This serves up a whole lotta fun!
As said earlier, it is okay to set out just a few of the above supplies. They will add interest to dramatic play activities, and help your early learners join in on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
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© Annette Kaminsky March 16, 2022
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