A flower stand dramatic play center can be set up in minutes and will be a colorful, inviting place for your little learners to play. It was this summer’s dramatic play center at my preschool, and absolutely everyone enjoyed it. In addition to making a great spring or summer pretend play area, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.
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Supplies To Collect
Dollar stores are an excellent resource for stocking a flower stand pretend play center, as they often have a good selection of artificial flowers at a low price. Keeping an eye out for flower theme supplies on regular shopping runs will lead to discovering interesting accessories to add to the stand.
Here’s what’s in my flower stand:
- a variety of artificial flower branches
- small decorative garbage cans
- flower-themed plates, bowls, and ice cube trays
- pool noodles flower slices
- flowery gift bags
- bulletin board slabs in a flower shape
- flower erasers and reusable ice cubes
- flower-themed silicone baking molds
- plastic vases
- watering cans
- gardening gloves
- play money
- flower stand sign
- signs with plant quotes
The Flower Stand Dramatic Play Center
The flower branches are set out in small decorative garbage cans. They look appealing when organized in individual or analogous colors.
There is no harm in setting out the sprigs randomly. Little learners will eagerly rearrange the blooms in ways that suit them.
Other supplies are arranged on a shelf and/or table. This user-friendly shelf on casters houses supplies superbly and is perfect for dramatic play centers.
Flower-theme silicone baking cups with different colored inserts are great for developing eye-hand coordination and for discussing colors. In this center, they are repurposed as mini-interchangeable puzzles!
Flower-shaped pool noodles cut into thin slices make pretend play “cookies.”
Tip: Slice a pool noodle section into one to two-inch wide flower-shaped treats on a cutting board with a sharp kitchen knife.
Succulents, a last-minute find, add variety and texture to the flower choices. Their smaller size makes them easy for little learners to handle and move around. My preschoolers loved them, so I will definitely be adding more over time.
A flower stand sign and quotes about blooms add opportunities to engage with print.
Learning Through Play Possibilities
There is a lot of learning through play potential in this flower stand dramatic play center. The center has opportunities for:
- discussing job titles such as florist, cashier, and delivery truck driver.
- taking turns to be a customer.
- recognizing colors of flowers and accessories.
- counting supplies and coins, sorting flowers by color, and discussing large and small bouquets.
- experiencing and handling beautiful, aesthetically pleasing things.
A flower-themed cardmaking station would be an awesome center to go along with this flower stand. Little learners would be thrilled to make cards for the store.
And wouldn’t a flower stand be wonderful in bright, warm fall colors? My flower stand is transitioning to an autumn-themed one next week!
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