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Pretend play is a hallmark of childhood and a primary method of self-education for young children. Acting out everyday scenarios teaches kids about interpersonal relationships and the world around them. Pretend play builds social, language, and critical thinking skills.
Let's Play Restaurant is a free printable kit to encourage pretend play in kids. These pages are designed to spark creativity and make playing restaurant fun. Children will practice writing skills, spelling, and math-and they'll have lots of fun doing it.
Playing restaurant allows children to work on skills such as:
The Let's Play Restaurant Kit makes an inexpensive gift for kids to give to their friends. Print the pages on colored paper and place them in a folder, notebook, or binder. You can also add other items to the gift, such as an apron, chef's hat, play dishes and play food.
Let's Play Restaurant
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant Kit Cover.
Glue this cover page to the front of the folder or notebook or slide it into the cover of the binder you'll be using to store the kit. It can also be used as the restaurant sign for your pretend eatery.03of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - Order Sheets and Checks
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - Order Sheets and Checks
Print multiple copies of this page and use them to assemble an order pad. Young children can practice their fine motor skills using scissors to cut along the outer lines. Stack the pages and staple them together to create the order pad.
Taking orders will provide a stress-free opportunity for children to practice their handwriting and spelling skills. They can also practice math, currency and number recognition by jotting down the prices to provide customers their check.04of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - Today's Specials and Signs
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - Today's Specials and Signs page
You may wish to print several copies of this page, too, so that your children can update the daily special from time to time. They can list their favorite meals and snacks or the name of the meal you're actually having for lunch or dinner that day.05of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - Restroom Signs
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - Restroom Signs
Obviously, your restaurant needs a restroom. Cutting out these signs will provide another opportunity for children to practice fine motor skills. Tape the finished product to your bathroom door.06of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - Open and Closed Signs
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - Open and Closed Signs
Your customers need to know if your restaurant is open or closed. For greater authenticity, print this page on card stock. Cut along the dotted line and glue the blank sides together.
Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the two top corners and tie each end of a piece of yarn to the holes so that the sign can be hung and flipped over to indicate when the restaurant is ready for business.07of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - Breakfast and Dessert Specials Signs
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - Breakfast and Dessert Specials Signs
Does your restaurant serve breakfast? And, of course, your eatery must offer dessert. As restaurant managers, your children or students will need to let customers know. Print this sign to indicate these breakfast and dessert specials on your restaurant's menu.08of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - Kid's Coloring Page
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - Kid's Coloring Page
Young children can practice their fine motor skills by coloring this page to use as part of their restaurant's dessert menu.09of 09
Let's Play Restaurant - The Menu
Print the PDF: Let's Play Restaurant - The Menu
Finally, you can't have a restaurant without a menu. For added durability, print this page on card stock and laminate it or insert it into a page protector.