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These are materials to support children’s engagement in high-level make-believe play in early childhood classrooms and at home.

Lots of items to stock the shelves in the grocery store and to add to grocery lists for the shoppers! Ask families to send in empty boxes to help fill your store.

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Family Grocery
Restaurant Doctor/Hospital Theme
Pets Theme Other Themes

Play money supports all kinds of play themes from grocery store to restaurant and beyond. Could children make play wallets, credit cards? Could a box become a cash register or ATM machine?

Washing produce is a favorite activity of Produce Managers in Tools Grocery Play theme. A small tub with just a little water and some rags or sponges will help them wash and dry these produce to sort them into containers for the eager customers! Don’t forget that your children can add their own fruits and vegetables — balled up newspaper covered with tape can be painted and transformed into apples, oranges, pumpkins – all kinds of produce for your farmer’s or supermarket.

Tools are important props for solving all kinds of story problems in play. Is there a leak under the sink? Grill stopped working? The car won’t start? I’ll get my tools . . . .

These knobs can be attached to a cardboard box or piece of poster board to make a stovetop or oven — adding actions and language to play!

Empty Squeeze containers can have labels added to transform them into different scents of shampoo for hair salon or groomer play, different condiments for restaurant or family play, different kinds of shampoo, conditioner for nursery or bath play – adding more language and interaction to play . . . “Would you like strawberry or mango scented shampoo today?”

Open your own sandwich shop with this 33 piece smorgasbord of fabulous felt food pieces! Use white or wheat bread, or a pita pocket, then layer on the meats, cheeses, vegetables, condiments and more. Build a submarine, a grinder, a hoagie or a Dagwood sandwich! With dozens of sandwich stuffers included, we’ve got the ingredients for any special order!

Could children make rocks to frame a fire out of felt, felt flames? What else could they make to create the environment, props?

Labels like these can go on aprons or shirts to identify roles like ‘Doctor” “Manager” “Produce Clerk”, “Vet Tech” or ‘X-ray”!

Teachers and parents can use these to decorate plain white-t-shirts, to create ‘role props’ for different roles… a stethoscope can be drawn for a doctor or veterinarian on one t-shirt . . . what could you draw on a t-shirt for a salesclerk to wear? What about a receptionist? X-ray technician? Pharmacist? Baker?

Open/Closed Signs can be used to enrich play – children set up the ‘store’ or ‘office’ and then turn sign to ‘Open’ when they’re ready for customers!

Large pieces of cloth like this can be draped over tables and chairs to create play spaces… this one is the night sky… it could be attached to a bookcase or bulletin board and draped over some nap mats to make camping or bedroom area – cuing nighttime story telling and pretending to go to sleep!

Aprons like these can be used in multiple play themes – apply stickers to the front with a drawing or some words to indicate roles… beyond what chefs wear, could be the role prop for cashier, groomer, etc!