Happy summer! I am so excited to share with you a makeover of one of my top selling products Grocery Store. I have had this on my to do list for some time. Once I got going I went crazy! It got so big I divided into two products. Now I have Grocery Store Dramatic Play and Food Math and Literacy Centers. For those of you who messaged me and only wanted the center activities, here you go! If you have purchased Grocery Store BEFORE today, I uploaded BOTH Food Centers and Grocery Store Dramatic Play in the file for you!
Let me show you all the additions I have made to Grocery Store Dramatic Play!
Now what did I make over? I added MORE classroom photographs so you can see my Grocery Store in action. I am a visual learner so I LOVE looking at other teachers’ classrooms and on Pinterest to get new ideas because I can SEE it! I hope the extra photos give you inspiration to make your grocery store come to life in your classroom.
Originally, I took photographs of food containers to make the labels. Those are still in there because some of you have told me you liked the real pictures rather than clip art. I made NEW cute and adorable labels with fun clip art. There are more labels than you would need! You can organize your grocery store to best fit your classroom and your students.
Signs! I had MANY people request a blank set of signs so students could write the words on them! Wish granted!
Roles (who students pretend to be) for the grocery store are cashier, clerk, and shopper. Sometimes is it hard to think about ALL the things each role can do. I have a solution…a cheat sheet! I made a teacher cheat sheet that breaks down what each role can do. I find that if you give students MANY options, the play lasts longer, more props are used, students are more creative, more peer interactions and conversations occur! The best part is I observe LESS challenging behaviors! WHHHOO! There are so many different things for students to do, they are not fighting over props as much.
I couldn’t share all about the grocery store without sharing about my favorite thing the produce section! I have these great marker boxes I keep for all my dramatic play fun and I added a scale and produce bags to create the produce section. Students created the veggies and fruits using paper, pipe cleaners, and pom poms! I LOVE when students can use their imagination during play. You don’t have to always use the perfect plastic food in the dramatic play center.
My new product (drum roll please) Food Math and Literacy Centers full of fun, hands on games and activities and games! Why do worksheets when you can play games and have fun?
Literacy Fun! You will find fun, hands on games and activities to practice letter identification, syllables, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing. You can see Lunch Syllables below which is my favorite literacy game in the pack.
Food vocabulary word cards! We use in my classroom for so many different games and activities. Students build the words with magnet letters, stamp the words in play dough, write the words on chalk boards, clap the syllables, and sort the words by number of letters, beginning sound, or number of syllables. I use the upper case word cards with my younger students who are just learning their letters and the lower case with my pre-k students who are more familiar with their letters.
Math Fun! I made many FUN math games and activities to practice one to one correspondence, counting, addition, number identification, shapes, sorting, and patterns. My students last year LOVED Find and Trace Games. They had no idea that they were also building fine motor when they erased their boards! Look how inviting Food Shape Find and Trace looks. Students pick a card, find the shape on their board, ad trace it with a dry ease marker.
To celebrate the make over, Grocery Store Dramatic Play and Food Math and Literacy Centers are 50% off until midnight on Tuesday! Any new product I post is always 50% off for the first 24 hours so be sure to follow me to save!
A big thanks to the hosts of TPT Seller Challenge (Sparkling in Second, Teach Create Motivate, Peppy Zest Teacherista, & Third in Hollywood) to get me motivated to do a make over! I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next week.