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Do your kids love playing grocery store? There’s something magical about small toy boxes of cereal and adorable little cans of tuna fish that keep my kids busy for literally hours. Can you guess what they’re playing with right now upstairs? 😉 I recently bought the best toys that I want to share with you today, plus I’m sharing some free grocery store printables for kids with you, to help your little ones explore and discover and imagine.
I’ve included name tags for the employees (store clerk, manager, etc.), a store open and closed sign, and signs for different departments of the grocery store, including produce, deli, meat, dry goods, and bakery.
As a former kindergarten teacher, I know how important it is for kids to explore their world around them and to use their knowledge and prior experiences in self-directed play. What seems like just fun playtime to us adults is actually an important part of their learning and growth.
When my six-year-old and three-year-old play grocery store together, for example, they are pulling upon their prior experience and knowledge to emulate what a grocery store looks like, how store workers behave, what they should say to teach other, and are using their imaginations and problem-solving skills in dealing with each other as employee and customer.
Our family are big Melissa & Doug fans- we have quite a collection of their wood toys, our favorites being the wood food. Target Toy Emporium (online) has an amazing selection of toys for all of the different ages and learning stages of children. My kids were practically drooling over all of the fun toys we looked at online!
We recently added to our collection the Melissa and Doug Felt Food Combo set, the Fridge Foods set, and the Pantry Cans set (in-store only). I let the kids use one of their bookshelves and their metal shoe shelf to create their “store,” and I loved listening to all of the conversations and scenarios from the other room. I gave them all the printables and some tape and let them go for it!
My daughter’s favorite is the felt sandwich set, because of all of the different choices, plus the set came with a free order card with check boxes, words, and photos of each item, so she can use a dry erase pen to check off the box when she takes our sandwich order. Like I said, my kids have spent many hours already playing and using their imaginations, which I love!
Here are the simple steps for getting the free grocery store printables:
Just click on the item that you would like to print. You will be taken directly to that sign.
Print your desired signs. I plan on laminating mine so they stay in nice condition and can be used for years!
I gave my kids the tape, the signs, the food, and then let them get creative. It doesn’t take much to get kids thinking and using their imaginations, which is always a much better option than letting them sit in front of the tv for hours.
So what toys can your kids not live without? I’d love to hear!