Let’s Pretend: Red Store

Playing store is not only fun, it’s a great way to learn.
We learned about math, taking turns, and even colors when we opened up our Red Store.
It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other day!
While we were setting up, I sent the girls all over the house looking for things that were red.
They found toys, books, blocks, piggy banks, ribbon, boxes, and more. Since we were setting up a red store, we were only going to sell red things.
It was as much fun to look for the red things as it was to actually play store.


After we found everything, we set about making price tags, on red paper of course!
Instead of using dollar amounts, we used simple numbers. AJ (age 3 1/2) has been very interested in numbers and counting lately, so I wanted to keep this at her level. For example, if you wanted a red piggy bank, you would need 11 coins.
Lizzie (age 5 1/2) was even able to work on her addition by buying more than one thing at a time.


This was a perfect way to spend a cold and snowy afternoon with pretend play, Valentine’s Day, and math all rolled into one.
Now we just need to have a green store for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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