When you use the Ps, you’ll see rich, longer play scenarios.
Before you say, “Why don’t you go play beauty shop?”, take a second, teach some vocabulary, read a picture book, add some props and then you can say, “Why don’t you go play beauty shop?”
Beauty Salon Pretend Play
It will be worth it because this kind of mature play will help kids:
- work at a higher level of mental function and extend the mind’s capacity
- gain independence
- learn new concepts
- monitor their own behavior (self-regulation)
- improve self-talk
- improve reading and writing skills
- improve interpersonal skills
- improve motor skills
(Bodrova & Leong, 2007)
Give your child a haircut at a salon, barber shop or in the kitchen! This is a great way to introduce new words like appointment, schedule, snip, trim, bangs, blow out, style, eye shadow, blush, lipstick, tip, stylist, and makeup artist.
Watch a haircut video.
Teach your child how to braid using ribbons, yarn or doll hair. Yes, even boys – it’s great for fine motor skill development.
Gather as many beauty shop supplies and props as you can — spray bottles, combs, brushes, clips, bows, (blow dryer for older kids only – watch the heat), mirrors, makeup, dolls, magazines, chairs, paper and pencil, a phone, and curlers.
Talk about a beauty shop play set up and role play plan before starting. This will help the play be organized and thoughtful. Set up your area: Do you need a schedule book? a waiting room? magazines? pictures of hair and makeup on the walls? What about roles? Who will do what? Who will be the stylist? Get this planned out. (I LOVE when I’m customer because I can always use a good kid styling but it’s even more fun when daddy gets to be the customer. He, he.)
Now your child is ready for mature, beauty salon pretend play! (The more children playing, the better the dialogue, rules, roles and interpersonal skill building.)