Learning Goals: Literacy, Reading, Mutually-Directed Play
Together, the educator and students decided to create a classroom grocery store.
The educator helped the children to brainstorm the required materials by prompting students with guiding questions.
The educator provided students with classroom resources and found materials to help them create props for their grocery store.
The students worked together to create shopping baskets, signs and price tags.
Students took on various roles as customers/cashiers to collect and purchase groceries, create receipts, and pay for their food.
Cardboard and string to create shopping baskets
Recyclable materials (empty egg cartons, milk cartons, cereal boxes, receipts, etc.)
Grocery store fliers
Toy cash register and coins
Why is it Collaborative Play?
Both the students and the educator collaboratively designed the play context.
The educator provided ideas and materials and the students used the materials to design the grocery store