Dramatic Play

A collection of kids’ dramatic play DIYs, ideas and activities

Our DIY paper-mache food-on-a-stick art projects displayed in front of a candy apple red background.

Make: Paper-Mâché Food On A Stick

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up as we take a stroll down the Midway! Feast your eyes on our selection of blue-ribbon paper-mâché food on a stick! And try your luck at a game of artistry and…

Our DIY paper-mache food-on-a-stick art projects displayed in front of a candy apple red background.
Make an adorably simple DIY gingerbread play bakery out of felt or cardboard! This is a wonderful pretend play activity for kids that also helps to develop fine motor skills. | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Gingerbread Bakery for Pretend Play

Oh snap, we’ve gone gingerbread crazy! Over the weekend I made a pair of gingerbread softies, and while playing with the felt and patterns, it dawned on me that the thick felt was perfectly-suited for some real-life-sized play gingerbread cookies.…

Make an adorably simple DIY gingerbread play bakery out of felt or cardboard! This is a wonderful pretend play activity for kids that also helps to develop fine motor skills. | via barley & birch
This upcycled DIY shoebox trunk for kids hides a whole kids nature explorer kit! Make your own with recycled supplies. | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Nature Explorer Kit (from a Shoebox!)

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I’m not sure whether it’s the cozy, colorful beauty of autumn or the knowledge that winter’s cold will be blowing in soon, but I could happily spend the…

This upcycled DIY shoebox trunk for kids hides a whole kids nature explorer kit! Make your own with recycled supplies. | via barley & birch
Design your own adorable food truck with cardboard, paper and recycled bits and pieces - a creative kids art project! | via barley & birch

Make: Recycled Cardboard Food Trucks

One of my absolute favorite parts of summer in the city? Gathering up a group of friends and hitting up the food truck party down the street for some twilight tacos, fantastic falafel, and (of course) a waffle or two…

Design your own adorable food truck with cardboard, paper and recycled bits and pieces - a creative kids art project! | via barley & birch
This foldout cardboard city landscape book is an art project and reusable play backdrop all in one! | via barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard City Landscape Book

Open the pages of this oversized book, and a big, bold colorful foldout city is revealed! Made entirely of cardboard and paper, you don’t need anything more than scrap cardboard, colorful construction paper, scissors, and a glue stick to make…

This oversized DIY cardboard book opens to create a bright and bold colorful city backdrop for imaginative play! | via barley & birch
Our Paul Bunyan play pancakes are an incredibly fun sensory play activity for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: Paul Bunyan Pancakes for Sensory Play

These cardboard pancakes will have your little ones flippin’ their lids for some flapjack-themed sensory fun! Now come in close and huddle up around the fire tall-tale lovers…do you know the story of Paul Bunyan? In the Northern areas of…

Our Paul Bunyan play pancakes are an incredibly fun sensory play activity for kids! | via barley & birch