Set up this pretend play coffee shop outside for the kids! I’ve got all the free coffee shop printables you need to make it feel real!
Get ready because this Summer I’ll be bringing you TONS of fun outdoor play ideas for the kids! I love mixing it up and keeping things fun and fresh all Summer long. Pretend play has so many positive effects on our children so let’s get their imaginations going this Summer! As a child I can remember using my moms rhubarb plant and some old pots and pans and I would sit in the dirt and concoct all sorts of “recipes” with my pretend food. Those are some of my favorite memories and the inspiration behind many of my pretend play ideas!
To set up the pretend play coffee shop I used a play workbench that we had and I put a checked tablecloth over it. Then I hung The Coffee Shop Menu and Coffee House sign on the front of it.
Then I printed off my free Coffee Shop printables (keep scrolling down to get the free printables!) and I laminated them with my laminator. Then I cut out my laminated signs and got to work setting up my coffee shop. I filled two glass beverage dispensers with water and dyed it brown using food coloring. I picked up some hot beverage to go cups for the coffee shop too but ideally I would just save them after buying a coffee at a gas station. Rinse them out and save them until you have a few. I also got some stir sticks which were very inexpensive.
Then I used a can of shaving cream for the pretend whip cream. I simply covered it in white paper and affixed the Whip Cream printable to it then covered the whole can in packing tape so the paper wouldn’t get wet while they played with it.
Then I filled up a sugar shaker with sugar. You could also use sand or whatever you want for this but I had some sugar that had spilled on the floor and wasn’t good to eat so I used it for this!
For the “cinnamon” shaker I used sand which worked perfectly to look like cinnamon on the pretend whip cream.
Print off the coffee sleeve on cardstock paper and then cut out and wrap around the cups.
Then let the kids take turns being the barista and the customer! I set up their little picnic table so the customers could sit there. Be sure to remind them that this is just like mud pies and you don’t want to eat it!
They absolutely LOVED this activity! It was a huge hit! I didn’t worry one bit about them getting too dirty either because it’s really just water, shaving cream and a little bit of sand! They easily rinsed off and were clean again.
The “whip cream” was by far the biggest hit with them! They loved squirting it onto the pretend coffee.
They all took turns and it was great watching their imaginations get to work!
Don’t forget to top your whip cream with some cinnamon!
Doesn’t it look tasty?
Print off this free coffee shop sign printable for your child’s pretend play coffee shop. We hung this in front of their counter along with the free printable menu below!
Print off this fun Coffee Shop menu so your customers can choose their favorite drinks to order!
These fun Coffee Shop logos, Whip Cream label and coffee cup sleeve are the perfect touches to make your pretend play coffee shop feel real! Print them off free by clicking here.
What cute printables! This almost looks like a real coffee shop! This is adorable!
Isn’t it fun?!
What a fun idea! I love how creative this is.
That is so cute! I think this is a great way for the kids to have a little play time.
Ha! I Love this. It is a whole new twist on a lemonade stand. HA! Love, it and totally going to use it. Maybe on Sunday mornings? Great idea
Love this fun play idea for the kids! And I need those washable shoes, I don’t even know how my eldest manages to make such a mess of her shoes!
How fun! Of course my kids would want it to be real coffee and creamer! This is so creative!
Such a cute idea! This looks like so much fun and it’s simple to do. Thanks for the printouts!
Such a cute idea. This would probably go over better than a lemonade stand in our area!
My kids love the chance to play with shaving cream. They like setting up pretend stands like this – and real ones where they sell stuff too. They have been selling rocks lately. LOL
Haha I used to sell rocks as a kid too!
Too cute! What a fun alternative to a lemonade stand! Your daughter makes the perfect sales woman 🙂
This is such a cute idea! I would love to make this set up for my kiddos!
I love the bright colors of the shoes! I would love to make a little coffee stand for my daughter, what a cute idea!
My daughter has those exact shoes and she loves them! I love how cute and stylish they are too.
Aren’t they the cutest? I love them!
I love this activity. They must have had so much fun making believe! Your printables are the best!
What a cute play station! Kids just love imagination play when it incorporates something that is real that they can minic. This is brilliant.
What a fun summer activity. I bet it kept them busy playing for a long time.
What amazing printables – so cute! I have to say that Stride Rite has always been one of our favorite brands for our daughter!!
This is so cute! Looks like they are having a lot of fun!
This is a creative idea. My daughter would love it and it will be hours of fun play
howww totally cutteee! they are adorable. awesome idea.
This is such a cute idea. My kids would love this in our yard. I love the shoes. The colors are so nice and bright.
I love her shoes! Those are so cute – and bright! I always try to buy my kids bright shoes so they are easily spotted on the playground!
That is a great point! I haven’t ever thought of bright shoes making them easier to spot in a crowd!
My kids love pretend play setups. And I know the adults in my area love our local Coffee joints! Looks like fun.
Pretend play ideas are so much fun!
This is a wonderful idea for kids. A little different from the lemonade stand I use to do with my children. I love this!! Thank you for the printable and for linking up with Idea Box link party.
What a cute idea! I have an imaginative 4-year-old, and I bet she would have a blast with this coffee shop. I buy her Striderite shoes, and love how supportive they are for her feet and arches. Buying good shoes at this age is so important ! Thanks for linking up to This is How We Roll Linky Party!
Oh I am so pinning this. My four year old and her cousins would LOVE this. Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty with us this week. Hope to see what you have to share again this coming Friday!
Hi, I can’t download this printable coffee.
Oh no! I will take a look at this and make sure we get that over to you asap! Check your inbox in a little bit (spam box too)! Thanks for letting me know.