This spring I started collecting lemon-themed supplies before the weather got warmer and the snow finally melted for good. It was refreshing just to look at the growing tub of yellow-infused accessories. A lemonade stand dramatic play center was one goal for the purchases. The other intent was to set up a lemon-inspired play kitchen, which is featured in this post.
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Supplies To Collect
No store is off limits for collecting supplies that are useful in children’s activities. Keeping an eye out for economical items on usual shopping runs often leads to spotting the perfect accessories for pretend play. Collected for the lemon-themed play kitchen are:
- lemon play food in smaller and larger sizes
- play food lemon pie
- lemon counters
- jar with green and yellow rainbow erasers
- jar with apple sauce screw-top caps
- lemon-themed tea towel, pot holder, spatula, and serving bowls
- yellow disposable cups, cutlery, and ice cube tray
- yellow accented paper plates
- clear drinking cups
- clear plastic beverage dispenser
- citrus juicer
- artificial lemon branch in a vase
Lemon-Inspired Play Kitchen Activities
It’s exciting for early learners to discover lemon-themed dramatic play props set out for them. They can be attractively arranged in a play kitchen on a low table and/or shelving units. The youngsters will happily pick up and use the supplies in their own way.
Just a few of the lemony accessories listed above will spark interest and add a pop of color to the play kitchen.
An artificial lemon branch makes a great centerpiece displayed in an unbreakable vase.
Including loose parts in complementary hues such as yellow and green apple sauce caps and rainbow erasers is great for igniting children’s imaginations. It gives little learners a chance to use recycled items in innovative ways.
These lemon-themed dramatic play props can be set out any time of the year. And they coordinate wonderfully with National Lemonade Day, which is commonly observed in early May and/or late August.
Related: Kids’ Winter Wonderland Tablescape
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