I am honestly not sure who gets more excited each time we set up a new dramatic play area — me or the preschoolers! Our pizza parlor was such a big hit last month that I wanted to stick with a restaurant theme. When I came across Melissa & Doug’s amazing pancake and waffle sets, I knew exactly what we would do — a Pancake (and Waffle) Breakfast Cafe in the Dramatic Play Area!
Welcome, Friends, to the Play to Learn House of Pancakes! Our skilled pancake chefs serve breakfast all day long.
It takes a lot of employees to keep our Pancake Cafe running smoothly. We need a host, wait staff, chefs, some hungry customers, and of course a dishwasher and clean-up crew. (Super Gemma and I do more than our share of shifts on the clean-up crew!)
The chefs can put on their special hats and white coats (also from Melissa & Doug!). The waiters and waitresses will want to wear aprons to make sure that their clothes don’t get covered in pancake batter.
If you’re coming to the Pancake Cafe as a hungry customer, the host will be happy to show you to your table. He can also answer any questions that you might have about our menu.
The Pancake Cafe offers two main types of food: pancakes and waffles. You can customize your order with 6 different toppings and wash it down with milk, coffee or juice.
When the waiters are on their breaks, the chef might even take your order! 😉
It gets awfully busy at the Pancake Cafe during the breakfast rush. Our chefs keep track of all the orders on this clothes pin order board.
Each pancake is made to order! Our chefs have to watch them carefully to make sure that they don’t burn. (The adorable stove tops are included on the bottom of box that the pancake set comes in. How amazing is that?!)
Sometimes there are more chefs than customers, so we offer pancakes and waffles to our stuffed animals, too. Doggy says the pancakes with syrup are sticky and delicious!
While the pancakes are cooking, a waitress will make sure that your table is set properly with utensils and a napkin. (The printed placemats are also included in both the pancake and the waffle sets!)
I love so many things about this dramatic play area. Both the pancakes and the waffles have velcro circles with interchangeable toppings. The little wooden spatulas have velcro on them too, so the pancakes don’t end up on the floor when they are being flipped.
The waffles have to cook in the waffle iron before they are covered in toppings!
Our topping bar includes 6 scrumptious choices: syrup, chocolate chips, butter, banana slices, blueberries and strawberries. We labeled both the bottom of the basket, and the spot on the shelf where the basket belongs to assist our chefs in finding what they need and putting it back when they are done.
Learning to “read” an order form and make a plate of food that matches what the customer wants takes a lot of concentration!
Would you like juice or milk to go with your waffles?
Or maybe it’s been “one of those mornings” and you would prefer coffee?!
We hope that you enjoy your breakfast at the Pancake Cafe as much as we enjoyed making it in the Dramatic Play center.
Come back again soon!
All of the signs, labels, name tags, menu and order forms are included in this Pancake Dramatic Play set. I’d love to see pictures of your children using it! Feel free to share them on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram.
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