Pretend Party Themed Play Box
Everything you need to throw a pretend party in a box!
A themed pretend party play box is complete play in a box! Also it’s a fabulous tool that has helped our son to be able to play a little better and a little longer with us but to also play better independently. This pretend party box is not a weeks worth of materials but just enough items to play with for about 30-60 mins anytime!
Supplies Needed (see Amazon affiliate links below for our picks!):
- box (we use this 25x16x6 inch size the most)
- pretend food
- pretend coffee maker (a must here)
- party goods, hats, noise makers, balloons, old birthday cards
- card making supplies
- books about birthday parties for inspiration
- games or music makers for entertainment
- dress up clothes, hats, or masks
Building Your Pretend Party Theme Box
To start, determine what the goal of the box will be for play time. Do you want to play with your child and have an opportunity to model play and engage with your child? Do you want to encourage independent play in your child? Do you want siblings to play together? What you choose needs to fit your goal! Also consider your child’s interests to make it fun. New ideas may be great for play between the two of you but not for independent play. If the box is meant for siblings to share, make sure you have filled it with enough supplies so that sharing isn’t overwhelming the play time!
Awesome Pretend Party Play
Liam’s favorite is his birthday themed play box. He loves birthday parties. We have modeled for him how to use his beloved stuffed animals as guests and he usually picks one out to be the recipient if I haven’t been chosen to be the birthday girl. I decided to put together this pretend party theme play box after I saw how much he enjoyed playing with a friend’s birthday cake and pizza set. Every time we visited this friend, Liam wanted to have a party. It is also a wonderful way to model what might happen at a real birthday party. A themed play box is a flexible tool. Change it up as the needs or interests of your child change!
Pretend Party Play Ideas
- Decorate the table, blow up balloons! Go all out. Soon enough, pretend play will be all gone.
- Invite furry guests
- Play games (we chose candy land)
- Make music
- Serve food and drinks of course
- Sing Happy Birthday, cut and serve cake
- Read party stories
What will you put in your pretend party play box?
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