My hubby and I are coffee people.
We don’t like bad coffee. We’re particular about what we drink and how we drink it.
For instance, a great, rich, dark cup of hot and manually pressed coffee must be imbibed just a notch below scorching and totally black.
But our Starbucks cold drink addictions? Those vary…
For me, it’s a “Venti Iced Skinny Mocha, normal syrup, no whip.”
For my hubby, it’s a “Venti Salted Caramel Frappuccino, extra ice, double-blended with extra salt.”
And for our kids?
Our 5 year old daughter likes to order a “Small Extra White Iced Drink” which is actually a Tall Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, extra ice, double-blended, no-whip.
Our 3-year old son?
I do not joke.
He orders his own drink and he yells through the window at the drive-through every time, “ONE KID’S HOT COCOA WITH ONE ICE CUBE, PLEEAAATHHHHHH!!!!!!!”
The staff is always great and asks his name so that he can see it printed boldly on the side of his own beverage.
When it arrives, he shakes it for jiggling proof that an ice cube has been placed inside as directed.
He crosses his legs when he drinks it and looks like a little Batman-scholar in his car seat as he sips his personalized drink.
So, it makes perfect sense that we would do some Starbucks Barista Pretend Play in our home, doesn’t it?
We’ve been on vacation and had limited toys and space to work with.
The kids and I discussed doing a “Coffee Shop Barista Pretend Play” activity.
This gave us a chance to talk about re-using things that we might recycle or throw away if we didn’t re-use them.
We began saving some of the things we received on our coffee shop trips: drink stirrers, sleeves, treat bags, and napkins.
We put the items in a shoe box and picked up a couple of dollar-store black foam visors.
(We already had black aprons but making some out of paper bags would have been pretty easy, too).
One day, once we’d accumulated enough things, our daughter brought down the box and set up the little folding Korean table.
She put on her apron and her visor.
The kids were playing Starbucks!
I hadn’t saved any of the coffee cups from the cafe house, but we did have some Starbucks Keurig cups on hand for the kids to pretend to order.
A couple of weeks before they played, the kids had made pretend “treats” out of crystal light-scented play dough we made.
We used a popsicle maker to shape the strawberries and then we just let them dry out until they were hard.
Our son ordered his treats and our little Barista served them up in a treat bag!
What really surprised me was how creative the kids were in their pretend play.
Our daughter wanted to pretend she was making a drink for her brother, so she asked for a plastic cup.
And, then she used the refrigerator water dispenser to pretend she was brewing coffee, pushing buttons to activate the machine and everything!
It just shows the many other uses for red solo cups! (Click here for another use we’ve come up with for them!)
And, finally- our daughter blew my mind with her solution to giving her brother the cake pop he demanded and paid exactly 14 buttons for:
A taped-on button atop a coffee stirrer.
I couldn’t believe it. How cool is that?
Yet again, the kids surprised me.
Here we are on vacation with hardly any traditional toys or space.
I had a small idea to re-use some stuff and the kids completely transformed the experience into a very fun and highly creative activity.
We’re holding on to that shoebox of Starbucks stuff.
It is good training for when the kids are old enough to learn how to make some of that good freshly pressed coffee their daddy and I like so much. :)
HOW DO YOU DRINK YOUR COFFEE?
DO YOUR KIDS HAVE A FAVE BEVERAGE THEY LIKE TO ORDER AT PLACES?