Your kids may not live on a farm, but they can pretend to be a farmer with this dramatic play theme. The pretend play helps the kids go beyond what they know by role playing what a farmer’s life is like. You only need a few props to get the farm dramatic play area going.
First, you need the area to look like a farmyard. A pretend barn will do the trick. Use a large appliance box to build your custom barn. Cut a barn style door on one side of the box. Add a barn roof using a large sheet of cardboard folded at the the peak. A coat of red paint on the box makes it look more like a barn.
On the wall, make a fence like you might see in a barnyard using white paper. Cut long strips to make the wooden slats on the fence. Tape the paper to the wall to look like a fence. You can also tape up cutouts of different farm animals to set the scene.
For an authentic seating option, bring in a few small bales of hay. Just be prepared to clean up the mess.
You can also set up a roadside stand for the farmers to sell their goods. Use a table as the counter for the stand. Include baskets to display the goods and a cash register.
Now you’re ready to outfit your little farmers. You can’t go wrong with the classic flannel shirt and overalls. Grab some rubber boots that are perfect for farm chores. A straw hat completes the look of the farmer.
Some of the kids may prefer to go a different route with the costumes. Gather up some farm animal costumes for variety. If you don’t have animal costumes, you can use sweatsuits in an appropriate color. For example, use pink for a pig. Make some masks to go along with the costumes to complete the look.
Some props to choose from really rounds out the barnyard dramatic play idea. Lots of metal buckets for things like milking cows and hauling feed are a must. Include some ears of dried corn, fake vegetables and plastic eggs so the kids can do work around the farm.
Before long, you’ll turn the city kids into country kids.