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A {Pretend Play} Popcorn Shop

Pretend Play Popcorn Shop | Mama Papa BubbaOur makeshift puppet theatre got LOTs of play and it was {well past} time to switch things up in our little Ikea SKYLTA Market Stand.  Because we’re amidst our 5 days dedicated to packing our entire house, it had to be something super quick and easy to set-up, but highly engaging in order to keep Miss G happily {and independently} playing for as long as possible.

IMG 0406To get things started, I made a little ‘Popcorn Shop’ sign that took less than a minute to make, and popped it into the structure’s sign slot.

IMG 0407Then Grae and I made a big bowl of plain stove-top popcorn (in coconut oil of course) and she grabbed a measuring cup to act as her scoop while I grabbed an old salt shaker that works terribly (it barely lets anything out, and in this case that’s perfect) and put a little sea salt inside.

IMG 0409While I’ve seen really cute old-fashioned popcorn bags at our local dollar store, I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand if you can, so I grabbed some paper bags I’d used at a recent craft market and quickly wrote ‘POPCORN’ across the front of each one.  Together we decided that the small white ones would be the shop’s personal size and the bigger brown ones would be family-sized.  

IMG 0412After retrieving an apron, Miss G opened her popcorn shop for business.

IMG 0405She took orders, asking us about our size and salt preferences, and carefully scooped popcorn into bags.  When an order was ready, she’d deliver it to us wherever we were working in the house, then check back in a few minutes later to see if we needed a free refill… Now that’s what I call service!

IMG 0404Our popcorn shop was a total hit with Grae and my guess is that she’d continue dishing out bags of popcorn as long as I’d continue filling the bowl.  

This inexpensive cardboard contraption has brought us a ton of fun already and I fully plan to take advantage of it for the last few weeks before we move.  ☺

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A SIMPLE Puppet Theatre

DIY Puppet Theatre Using Ikea s SKYLTA Children s Market Stand | Mama Papa BubbaWith our fruit and veggie market being a huge hit for a solid week or so, today we decided to switch things up a little.  Given a few options, Miss G confidently chose to convert our cardboard market stand into a simple puppet theatre this time around.

IMG 9252And when I say simple, I mean simple!  Because our designated market builder seemed to miss a couple of steps in the process (*ahem* not me!) we have a couple of open slots near the top of the stand that were perfect for slipping a lightweight cotton scarf through to give the feel of a curtain.  If we would have had a long, thin dowel, I would have attempted to fashion a working curtain, but no such luck.  Of course, Miss G doesn’t seem to mind in the least.

IMG 9268The other small step we took to transform our market stand into a puppet theatre is to create a super simple welcome sign.  We simply slid it into the poster holder in front of the fruit and veggie shop one and we were good to go.

IMG 9263All that was left was retrieving a few puppets, and luckily, Miss G had that covered.

IMG 9264These guys were up for some exercise and ended up jumping and ‘practicing falling’.

IMG 9288IMG 9290After playing with her traditional puppets a while, she pulled out her homemade wooden spoon puppets to switch things up a little.  They talked about their favourite colours, decided to go to the park, and ended up finishing the play date with a kiss! ☺

IMG 9267IMG 9271Next up was the finger puppet crew.  These guys did their usual performance – 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.

So far, this little cardboard market has brought about a ton of fun and I know there’s a lot more in store!

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{Pretend Play} Fruit and Veggie Market

Pretend Play Fruit  Veggie Market with Ikea s SKYLTA Children s Market Stand | Mama Papa BubbaSeveral weeks ago, while slowly making our way through the children’s section of Ikea, I spotted this cardboard play market.  Now it’s not like me to purchase play things on a whim (we sort of operate on a minimal toys basis in our house), but with all of the all of the possibilities and a $12.99 price tag ($14.99 in the US), I couldn’t pass it up.  

IMG 8640For the last little while, it’s been Grae’s Fruit & Veggie Market, where she sells all sort of {felt} fruits and vegetables for ridiculously low prices (and she even throws in a free reusable bag with your purchase!)

IMG 8663One of Gracen’s very favourite pretend play games is ‘store’, so it goes without saying that this has been a total hit, plus I love the fact that it encourages all kinds of communication, manners, and role play.

Next up, our cardboard market is being put to use as a puppet theatre! 

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