Grilling with preschoolers:pretend play

We had a little fun barbecue play today with our very own grill and accessories…

There are several skills explored and concepts learned as we played today…

Wy and I learned how to fold up our own table cloth…

Tristan already knew how to fold his picnic blanket so he demonstrated this for us…

We were reminded that when a grill is hot, we should never touch it with our fingers…

Then we tried grilling up some of our own special recipes…

And we discovered that it is hard to pick up toys when we have those large hot pad mitts on our hands…

Thank you to Ms. Lauren for taking our photos today!

Check out these fun pretend camping ideas…

Pretend Camping Props from Mom with a Lesson Plan

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Indoor Camping Fun from Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi

By |2011-07-14T11:00:57+00:00July 14th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jessi July 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Oooo…I love this! I am going to bookmark this bbq idea for sure!

    p.s. thanks for the link! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2011 at 12:25 am - Reply

      You are welcome Jessi:)

  2. Little Wonders' Days July 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    This is a great pretend play prop box. We have several boxes that I rotate in our playroom. I think I’m going to put something like this together for summer. Thanks for the idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2011 at 12:26 am - Reply

      I keep adding to it and will definitely save it for next summer too!

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