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Riding Together

Children will pretend to go on a carousel ride together.

Imagine we are on a carousel horse!

Children can take an imaginary ride on a carousel horse. This acitivity allows children to understand the entire process of taking a carousel ride.

They will pretend to buy tickets for the ride using paper tickets and using their stick horse to take an enchanted ride. This where you can encourage the ach child's role as they play together.

Older Toddlers: Draw matching shapes on the tickets in pairs. Invite older toddlers to find the friend who has the same shape on their ticket. They can ride together. Mix the tickets up each time you play, so children can ride with different friends.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Toy horses


Cash register

Pretend money

Learning Outcomes




Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterns, Sorting/Classifying, Reasoning, Dramatic Play and Imagination


After learning about carousels, children can use their imagination and pretend to buy tickets and ride the carousel.


Step 1:

Set up an open play area where the children can pretend to go on a carousel horse ride together in your dramatic play center.

Step 2:

Have children pretend to buy tickets for the ride using paper tickets, a toy cash register, and play money. 

Step 3:

Once children have their tickets, they are ready to ride. Using a toy horse,  remind them how carousel horses move. They move up and down and go around and around in circles. Children can move in similar ways.

Step 4:

Talk about each child's role as they play together. This is best done in small groups during center play.

Activity Author

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Dianna McGregor + Stephanie-Rachel Gomes| Early Childhood Educators

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Playful Questions

How do the children play and pretend to ride together?

Do they play side by side or interact with one another?

Do the children begin to operate the buttons and switches on the play cash register?