Whenever we set up a new Dramatic Play Theme in our Home Living center, it’s important that we have 1 “Centerpiece” prop… something that really makes the area enticing and special for the students. When Super-Gemma and I were setting up this Taco Stand Mexican Restaurant, she had the brilliant idea to create a Soda Fountain to dispense the drinks.
To Make the Fountain Drink Machine:
- Line the inside of the shelf with black or dark gray construction paper.
- Use duck tape to attach cups to the underside of the shelf.
- Add a small “stream” of tissue paper coming out of the cup.
- Label the cups and wall with the name of the beverage.
We also added a “drip tray” made from black construction paper, with silver metallic sharpie lines on it. The “Press Here” button helps the preschoolers not to pull on the cups!
Our choices were: water (blue tissue paper), orange juice (orange paper) and lemonade (yellow tissue paper).
We covered the bottom shelf with black paper and added a few festive decorations. Our students love this prop! They play in the Taco Stand for an hour every day and are really good about refilling our drinks. 🙂 The drink machine was quick and easy to make and used just a few simple supplies that we already had on hand.
Have fun playing and learning with your children today!