Daycare.com Forum Daycare Forum

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-16-2013, 06:37 AM
Provider_Manda's Avatar
Provider_Manda Provider_Manda is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio
Posts: 373
Default Dramatic Play Ideas..Please

All I have is a kitchen set with lots of play food and dishes..and baby dolls. I really have no dress up clothes or anything like that. I am looking for ideas that the kids will love, but yet won't break the bank to get it. I was looking at dress up clothes and was shocked by how much these little outfits cost!!

I have more girls in my care now and they love to play house..so I really want to give them more of an option to play with. I have a 3 year old son, so of course I have tons of boy toys..but Im really lacking in the girl department
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-16-2013, 07:17 AM
Willow Willow is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2,607
Default

I like to shop for dress up clothes after Thanksgiving on Craigslist and the second hand kid stores. My collection includes police, fire, race car driver, doctor/vet, all kinds of sports, super heros, construction worker, photographer (have a bunch of old broken cameras on neck straps), mechanic, zoo keeper, bugs, various animals and of course lots of princesses and witches lol

I have three big comforter sized bags full and I'd be willing to bet the whole lot cost me under $50
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-16-2013, 07:32 AM
Rubysmom's Avatar
Rubysmom Rubysmom is offline
Ruby Bee's Child Care
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 34
Default

Garage sales and 1/2 price after Halloween is where I got my dress up clothes. I have about every kind of hat you can imagine, fancy dresses, super hero costumes, community helpers and lots of accessories.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-16-2013, 07:42 AM
butterfly's Avatar
butterfly butterfly is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,630
Default

I've gotten lots of things from thrift stores. I usually get regular kids clothes but in a slightly larger size that they can fit into over their own clothes. I've found cute frilly "princess" dresses or suit coat sets for the boys. Old purses are popular here too.

I always shop the day after holidays and get things at a great clearance price.

Right now my kids are really into infant blankets. They use them for their dolls or the boys use them as capes and play super heros. They also put them on their heads for long princess hair, they'll use them as a barber's "bib" and do pretend hair cuts... it's fun to see the kids use their imaginations in so many ways with one simple piece of fabric.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-16-2013, 09:18 AM
Crazy In Mo's Avatar
Crazy In Mo Crazy In Mo is offline
New Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 176
Default

I buy costumes at yard sales. This past summer I got a transformer, cop, Spider-Man, construction worker, fireman and army outfits. I think I paid $5 for all of it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-16-2013, 09:49 AM
cheerfuldom's Avatar
cheerfuldom cheerfuldom is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 7,414
Default

Put up a huge mirror. then a little bit of storage to hold big pieces of fabric instead of costumes....thats much more creative for the kids! add accessories only like hats, purses, jewelry, shoes, gloves, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-16-2013, 01:19 PM
Crystal's Avatar
Crystal Crystal is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3,955
Default

Raid your own closet, as well as hubbbies.

Got a long sleeve, white button up shirt? Use it for a doctor's jacket. Add a cheap doctor kit. Blazers? add a briefcase, old computer keyboards, etc. and you have office/teacher.

Add hats, old dresses, old shoes, costume jewelry, purses, wallets. Boots, scarves, gloves, backpacks, an old pet bed and pet food dishes with a couple of stuffed animals.....

Take old tshirts, cut a slit up the middle on the front, except leave the neckline in tact and you have capes.

Restaraunt : add a tabelcloth to a table, a vase with flowers, placemats, etc. Pick up some to go menus form a local restaraunt. At pizza places ask for pizza boxes and to go menus. Chinese restaraunts have awesome placemats with their zodiac on it, grab a few of those, laminate them, add the to go menus, also get the free chopsticks to add, cut up yellow yarn and put in a bowl and they have noodles.....

Camping - make or put up a real tent, add some pieces of wood for a fire pit, sleeping bacgs,backpacks, etc. Make fishing poles out of sticks and string.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dramatic play, dramatic play center

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Diversity Artifacts For Dramatic Play EAP Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 9 12-10-2012 08:21 AM
Ideas For Role Play Scenarios Krazypupxo Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 3 09-04-2012 10:20 AM
Dramatic Play Ideas thatdivalady Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 2 05-21-2012 09:42 AM
2 Year Old Won't Play...........Sucks Thumb All Day mickey2 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 13 02-21-2011 10:55 AM
15 Water Play Ideas: Crystal Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 4 08-06-2010 05:30 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:55 PM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming