Thursday, November 12, 2009

Easy And Fun Play Market


My husband announced yesterday that our 2.5-year-old was "bored," so I decided to move some stuff around and create a little grocery store where she could play "shop." We have this weird little nook in our spare room, so it became "Mary's Market." A while back, I got two gigantic bags of play food for $1 at the resale shop, so I loaded some of that onto the store "shelves" (a bookcase). I used some awesome Folk Art pink chalkboard paint that I got from my Rocking Friend Amy to make a little board where we can write the daily specials (hint: use soft chalk, not sidewalk chalk like I used). I made a little store sign with scrapbook paper and a cash register out of a shoebox and hung some reusable shopping bags near the "register." I googled "play money printable" and found a bunch of sites, including this one, where you can print out play money to put in the cash register. I'll probably put some real coins in as well. Last but not least is the shopping cart, which we got for a dollar at a yard sale and is currently held together with a combination of electrical and painter's tape. I hope you had a great week. One of these days I will get my act together and show you some Christmas stuff I've been doing. Or at least post some links to stuff that other people have been doing!


6 comments:

Danielle said...

super cute! I love how you used that table you revived! =) i love this idea!

The Popes said...

Ugh! I'm having the same issue with my 2.5 year old acting bored!

Maybe we will try this out and see if it gives her something to fill her time up!

Shari Lidji said...

Ashlee, she is going to love that little store. Hours of fun. Does she want to involve you as the checker, vegetable gal or sacker? When my girls were little, they always wanted me to play a bit part. A cameo. A walk on. You get my drift. Somewhere very near by, but not in charge.
have a great weekend. shari

Christie said...

What a cute idea! I'm sure she is going to LOVE it. :)

Mod Podge Amy said...

So cute! Ha, I didn't know 2.5 year olds could get bored - that's hilarious!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a great idea! I'm sure your little one will thoroughly enjoy her new "game" !
Smiles, Karen