G is for Grocery Store! We have been playing grocery store/shop because our local supermarket has a promotion where you receive mini branded toys(lifelike mini groceries) to collect. And it is awesome! I already have a few ideas on how to use these minis for other learning activities, but for today I’ll share how we set up shop-reusing an old computer stand, and how we played grocery shop as part of our A-Z Play at Home Series!
This old computer stand served as a computer stand, then as a tv stand and now it is just a white elephant in the room. But, it is perfect to be a mini store! I added a box and fabric and made a roof.
Then, I placed white cardboard on the shelves so that the minis won’t fall through. Prices(real ones cut from the advertising paper) were stuck on there too. You can however, add prices to each item if you want to work on counting/mathematical concepts(working with money), that type of learning activity. (We kept it simple and just played this time, focusing more on the type of groceries and what cost more or less the same. You can organize the groceries according to properties: cold items together, toiletries together etc.)
A little basket was added and real plastic grocery bags for packing, together with a toy till. I added the real advertising paper to round it off. The kids can find the advertised products and match it to a mini toy(working in visual discrimination).
South African friends: Keep an eye out for a post that will show different ways to use these mini groceries toys in a more structured way. Coming soon!