Boredom Buster: Prop Boxes!

By Paula Solis Krock

A Prop Box is a plastic square box you fill full of pretend play props to encourage your child’s imaginative play, vocabulary, pre-literacy skills and social and emotional development.

A Prop Box is labeled, and stored away for use when your child needs an imagination boost! Don’t leave these out for consistent play or they will lose their boredom busting effectiveness!

Some Prop Box Ideas and items to go inside:

Pizza shop: Apron, Chef hat, Round cardboard pieces, red and white check tablecloth, Printed Menu with pizza items, old spice containers filled with colored paper to pretend spices. Rolling pin, white or yellow play dough, plastic knives, red construction paper cut into circles.

Beauty shop: Old blow dryer with cord cut off, old curling iron with cord cut off, combs, brushes, spray bottle with water, rubber bands, clips, hair bows and barrettes. Printed out vocabulary words: Hair Salon: Hair cut $5, Hair Style: $2, Princess hair: $10

Grocery Store: Grocery Lists (with vocabulary and photo next to it), used food boxes taped closed, used empty washed plastic containers taped closed, basket, fabric grocery bags, play paper money, something to use as a cash register (old calculator), plastic food if you have it (thrift store good place to get some!)

Veterinarian Clinic: Stuffed animals (ok to use the ones out daily), Dollar store finds: dog collars, leashes, small dishes, dog toys, small blankets, plastic stethoscope, or a homemade one. Old small crate or baskets for animals. Ace bandages. No Band-Aids! These are impossible to get off—resist the urge to add these!

Bakery: Apron, whisk, bowls, wooden spoons, empty brownie boxes, cake pans, cupcake papers and tins, spatulas, small box to make into an oven.




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