Hair Salon Dramatic Play & Beauty Salon Activity for Children
Going to the hair dresser, beauty salon or barber shop can be a positive or negative experience for a child depending on their knowledge and personal comfort level with getting their hair cut or trimmed.
Setting up a pretend hair salon dramatic play center, beauty salon dramatic play area or preschool barber shop theme will give children with both types of feelings, an opportunity to explore hair activities, and to help one another understand their views about going to the hair salon or beauty salon and helping one another out with fun hair dressing activities.
The preschool children will be able to pretend they are cutting and styling each others hair and communicate their specific hairstyles and what they want done to their hair as they all play and re-enact the pretend hair salon together.
Hair Salon Dramatic Play Center / Beauty Salon:
When setting up a hair salon dramatic play centre for your preschool children you will need:
- at least 3-4 chairs,
- a small magazine rack,
- 2-3 empty buckets,
- a small table
Hair Salon Props to Add to Your Dramatic Play Activity:
- Empty shampoo and conditioner bottles,
- curling iron & hair straightener,
- blow dryer,
- blush brush,
- barrettes, hair elastics,
- 2-3 towels,
- empty hair spray cans,
- hair clips,
- shower caps,
- play scissors,
- empty spray bottles,
- kid magazines,
- cash register,
- play money,
- telephone, pad of paper, pencils, clock, calendar,
- old shower nozzles.
*You may even be lucky enough to locate some old wigs with styrofoam heads for the children to use with this pretend play activity.
Health and Safety:
If you don’t already do head checks in your class you may want to start just to make sure no one has head lice. Some centers do head checks for lice every Monday of a new week.
When you have a center like this set up you may want to rinse off the combs, brushes, scissors, barrettes any other rinse able item in bleach water or spray with a disinfectant spray at the end of every week.
**When using curling irons, blow dryers, etc., you may want to use ones that don’t work anymore so you can cut the cords short to avoid any accidents or injuries.
Hair Salon / Beauty Salon / Barber Shop Visuals:
Print out real photo’s of adults and children at the hair dressers (laminate) and post on the walls of the beauty salon, barber shop or hair salon dramatic play center. You can get pictures of different hairstyles and products etc. to help set the feeling of your hair dressing activities and play area.