Grocery Props for Make-Believe Play
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.
Would you like those flowers in blue or orange tissue paper? Do you want a card to go with them? Colored tissue paper can be used to wrap floral bouquets, add more language and vocabulary to play interactions – and can even be crafted into flowers!
Every grocery store has some stockers who are pricing items in the aisles. These removal labels would be great for adding prices to all the recycled containers families send in for your grocery theme…
You want shopping baskets or carts with lots of room for the groceries on the lists – and a cart with space for the baby in front, too!
This wallet is nicely designed — customers need role props too! If you need more than one — how could you make one out of felt or heavy weight paper? Could children make more money and coins, or credit cards for their wallets? Ask families for old handbags so some of your customers can carry their wallets in them!
Different colors and kinds of artificial flowers can lead to long exchanges as customers direct the salesclerk about the colors and kinds of flowers they’d like in their bouquets! Leaves and flowers from family’s gardens can be used, too!
What foods can children and teachers create out of felt? A brown circle can be a roll, the crust of a pizza.. a red circle can be pizza sauce, an apple, what fruits, vegetables, baked goods can be made out of felt?
A basket like this for the market and some vegetables can round out your grocery store props.
Different shaped cookie cutters and wheels for cutting play dough to make bakery items…these can later be used in a restaurant in restaurant themed play!
In the bakery they can bake up batches of cookies with a set like this!
Does the family plan to bake a pie this weekend – and need pie pans at the store? The story bakery will need them to make play dough or felt pies… what can the filling be? Could blue tissue paper ‘balls’ be blueberries? Could construction paper crescents be apples?
Silicone molds work well with playdough to make ‘candy’ and bakery treats to sell – children can make lego brick cake decorations and small figures – could they be candies that get selected and boxed at the bakery?
Are eggs on the grocery list?
This bread can be used to make sandwiches at home, or in the deli, or later in a restaurant.
A sturdy set of cooking utensils that will stand up to use and washing and drying in high level make-believe play!
Ingredients for the deli — for sandwiches made to order, or for sandwiches to make at home!
Haba is a master with felt! Look at the felt vegetables in this salad – so appealing! Could they be added to sandwiches, could any of them be put on pizzas, put in separate plastic containers or bags for purchase to make salads at home?
Push brooms can be great for sweeping in the ‘garage’ or house… or cleaning up that spill in aisle 9!
Wash basins can serve all kinds of roles in make-believe play. In the family theme, they can be the kitchen sink – with just a few centimeters of water and a wet rag and some soap…they can be the wash basin for the baby in the bathroom, and later, they can be used in the groomers, doctor’s office, veterinarian’s office, grocery store to wash produce, restaurant for washing dishes, clearing tables.. in all kinds of way to support meaningful sensory play!
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!