If you’re a preschool or kindergarten teacher, chances are you’ve made a paper bag vest (or two) before.
This park ranger vest is the perfect accessory for your dramatic play camping theme. Not only is this idea super easy to make, but it’s free too!
Make a Paper Bag Vest for Dramatic Camping Play
- Paper grocery bag
How to Make a Paper Bag Park Ranger Vest
Here are the step-by-step directions for making your own Park Ranger or Forest Ranger vest.
Step 1: Lay the bag flat and cut out the neckline from the bottom of the bag.
Step 2: Cut up the front of the bag to create the vest.
Step 3: Cut the arm holes and trim the vest opening.
Step 4: Turn the vest inside out so any print is facing in.
Step 5: Use your marker to decorate the vest.
DIY Binoculars for Dramatic Play Camping Theme
Of course, your park rangers need binoculars to look for forest fires!
- One cardboard paper towel tube
- String or yarn
- Designer duct tape or paper tape
How to Make the Binoculars:
Step 1: Cut the paper towel tube in half.
Step 2: Wrap the two halves of the tube with your tape of choice.
Step 3: Cut your string or yarn to the desired length and attach using the same tape.
I have a lot of designer duct tape in fun colors but chose to use the paper tape because it had a more natural look that went with the vest.
Now your dramatic play campground has a uniformed park ranger equipped with binoculars to keep little campers safe!
Printable Dramatic Play Camping Kit
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