How to set up a Grocery Store Dramatic Play Center
Stock the Grocery Store Shelves
- Use empty recycling containers. The kids love this! About a week before the center is scheduled to debut, ask the children to go home and gather up all of their empty (clean) recycling containers. Invite them to bring them in and stock the shelves with “real” groceries!
- Hold a food drive. Organize a food drive in your school or classroom. Collect canned goods and other non-perishables. Play with them in the grocery store dramatic play center. Then, when the center is finished, donate them to a local food bank.
- Purchase play food. This is obviously the most expensive of the 3 options, but it is ideal for classrooms that have the storage space and funding to purchase items that can be used year after year. Melissa and Doug make excellent quality materials for a grocery store dramatic play center: canned goods with lids, fruits, vegetables, and even pantry staples.
Add shopping carts and cash registers
Add Literacy and Math Elements
- At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
- Maisy Goes Shopping by Lucy Cousins
- Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
- What Happens at a Supermarket? Where People Work series
Create Job Assignments
Name tags are a key component in every dramatic play center. Provide these job assignments to help children take on different roles, to mitigate the bickering about the cash registers, and to help everyone find a way to participate and play.
Invite the Children to PLAY!
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