The students in my class were collecting all the items from the dramatic play center in bags. They told us they were “shopping”. This type of play continued for several days, so we decided to talk about stores and what we knew about them. This got us onto the track of the “grocery store” and we decided to create one in our dramatic play center.
Our next problem consisted of children haphazardly gathering all the items they could fit into bags and taking them out of the store. That left little for other shoppers and a ton of clean up that none of the children wanted to help with. Back to group time to discuss this problem. The children came up with the fact that their parents use lists when they shop. Creating shopping lists and then limiting items to five per shopping trip seemed to help with this situation. That and another lesson on the important job of restocking the shelves of the store when items get low, seemed to have our store running much more smoothly.
One of the questions the children wanted to answer in our brainstorming and investigating about grocery stores was if they could make a shopping cart. We gathered scooters from outside, cardboard boxes and wood scraps and made our own very colorful shopping carts. When this was happening, a couple of girls decided to bring our little store in to the modern world, and they made several scanners for us to use.
We also went on a terrific field trip which will be in the next blog.
This grocery store experience has tied in sorting, writing, counting, word recognition, invention, creativity, problem solving, role playing, cooperative play and so much more.
Playfully shopping has led to many days of playfully learning.