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Playing House: Our Perfect Morning Routine

2016-04-28 by Dayna Abraham

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This pretend play morning is shared with us by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures.

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to pretend to be me. They love the idea that “Mommy” does so many things they just aren’t quite old enough for and all of my kids (my toddler and my tween boys) love to pretend to have the perfect “Mommy” morning routine.

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From making coffee to folding laundry, my morning routine is fascinating to my children. I have to admit, though, I am not the only one that does all these morning jobs. In fact, my husband “Papa” is the main laundry folder in this house.

Not only is pretend play the perfect way to learn a new skill, it is also great for developing self help skills and communication skills. This is extremely helpful for my oldest son that struggles with sequencing and putting events in order.

Our Perfect Morning Routine (Acted Out Through Pretend Play)


Pre-Coffee Grogginess | Everyone knows that Mommy is not happy or alert until she has her morning coffee. We love to pretend play our emotions and talk about different emotions throughout our day, so this is the perfect chance to do just that.

Making the Perfect Cup of Coffee | My kids have seen me make the perfect cup of coffee (or order a cup at our local coffee shop) enough times that they make a pretty awesome pretend coffee when they are me.


Load up the coffee maker, turn it on and wait for the moods to change. Well, pretend that this wakes us up, right?

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A little bit of sugar, a little bit of milk and even an ice cube on a hot day makes the perfect cup of coffee.


Ahh, perfection. Now, it’s time to do some laundry!

Wash and Fold Laundry | Remember, the perfect “mommy morning” involves Papa doing the laundry while she drinks her nice hot cup of coffee and chats with the kids.

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Look how lovely those jeans are ironed. Again, perfection. Now, it’s time to care for the baby!

Change the Baby | It never fails, as soon as you get all the laundry done, one kid is sure to get everything all dirty again. Time for Mommy to clean up after the baby and start another load of laundry.

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Our morning is finally complete, which really means it is time for another cup of coffee and some cuddle time with a good book!

The possibilities are endless, but these are just a few to get you started. What are your favorite ways to pretend play together and work through your morning routines?


Dayna Abraham

Dayna is a National Board Certified teacher, with over 12 years of experience in early childhood education, who now homeschools her 3 children, one of which struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder. She is the author at Lemon Lime Adventures and owner of Project Sensory, where she is dedicated to sharing real life stories with parents and educators about the pretty and the not so pretty days involved in raising children. You can connect with Dayna over on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and G+!

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