Store manager

Overview

Role play is a favourite with children and a great way to learn new experiences whilst having fun. We all have cupboards full of tins, packets and boxes that can be used in a role play shop. This time your child is the shopkeeper or store manager and you are the shopper. Consider who would shop in their shop; prices; how much things cost and what would someone pay.

What will my child learn:

Providing opportunities for children to learn whilst playing is central to their development.

Playtime will allow children to:

  • Increase knowledge of prices and understanding of what represents value for money
  • Develop confidence in shopping experiences and handling money
  • Appreciate the differences between needs and wants

Financial Education Planning Framework: Becoming a Critical Consumer

Getting started

To set up your shop at home you will need:

  • A selection of coins and a tub to act as a till - unless you have a play till that could be used. (It is always better to use real coins to develop coin recognition).
  • Post it notes or labels to price the items.
  • Items from your cupboards or rooms in the house.
  • A price list – Remember to make prices simple to allow change to be worked out.
  • Name sign for your shop – to make it real.
  • Fancy dress items to give the impression of staff and customers – perhaps a certain colour t-shirt or apron.

Money talk

Just role playing the shopping experience has considerable learning opportunities, but you could also think about some specific points to talk about. Discuss if your shop is a large supermarket which sells everything or a small corner shop which sells basic groceries. How does this influence what the shop sells and their prices? How does it affect the experience of the customer? Take it in turns to be shopkeeper and customer. Don’t just role play the process of buying things make sure you get the children involved in the opening and closing of the shop, remember all shops need to carry out stock checks and cash up the till.

Have fun with it and let the children lead the learning.

Get Creative!

Use your ‘play shop’ as preparation for a real shopping trip. Make a shopping list together – perhaps the ingredients to make a meal, and then allow them to practice buying the items on the shopping list before making the “real” trip to the shops. Once at the real shop allow your child to take responsibility, looking at the prices and selecting item, allow them to take charge of paying too.

Take photos of products you see when shopping and create your own marketing campaign for your shop – you can expand the learning experience to meet the needs of your child.

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