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Let’s Play Shop: A Fun and Educational Game for Kids



At some point in our childhood, we’ve all pretended to be a shopkeeper or a customer. It’s a game that encourages imagination, creativity, and social skills.

But did you know that playing shop can also help your child develop cognitive skills like counting, money management, and decision-making?

In this play idea, we’ll show you how to set up and play the game of shop with your child.


What do I need to play?

Before you start playing, you’ll need to set up the game.

  1. Choose a location: Pick a spot in your home where you can set up the shop. It could be a table in the kitchen or a corner of the living room.
  2. Set up the shop counter: Use a table or a counter as the shop counter. You can decorate it with a tablecloth or some paper decorations.
  3. Arrange the items: Display the items you want to sell in the shop. You can use play food, toys, or other items. Make sure they are priced and labeled clearly.
  4. Prepare the cash register: If you have a toy cash register, make sure it’s working properly. If you don’t have one, use a money box to store the play money.
  5. Give roles: Decide who will be the shopkeeper and who will be the customer. You can switch roles during the game.


Setting Up the Game

Now that you’ve set up the shop, it’s time to play! Here are the basic rules of the game:

  1. The customer enters the shop and browses the items.
  2. The customer selects the items they want to buy and puts them in their shopping basket or bag.
  3. The shopkeeper tells the customer the total cost of the items.
  4. The customer pays the shopkeeper using play money.
  5. The shopkeeper gives the customer change (if needed) and puts the money in the cash register.
  6. The customer takes their items and leaves the shop.


Rules of the game

Once you’ve played the basic game a few times, you can add some variations to make it more interesting:

  • Roleplay: Encourage your child to come up with different characters for the customer, such as a chef, a party planner, or a teacher.
  • Price changes: Change the prices of the items in the shop and challenge your child to calculate the total cost.
  • Discounts and deals: Offer discounts and special deals to your customers to make the game more exciting.


Variations of the game

Here are some tips to make your game of shop a success:

  • Keep it simple: Start with a few basic items and gradually add more as your child gets comfortable with the game.
  • Make it fun: Encourage your child to use their imagination and creativity.
  • Be patient: Let your child take the lead and guide them gently.
  • Teach real-life skills: Use the game as an opportunity to teach your child about money management, decision-making, and customer service.


Tips for Success

If you want to get the most out of your Soap Foam experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a large container or bowl to create a bigger playing area.
  • Add more soap to the mixture to create thicker foam.
  • Use different colours of food coloring to create a rainbow effect.
  • Experiment with different objects hidden within the foam to keep things interesting.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and be creative! Soap Foam is all about letting kids explore and experiment in a safe and enjoyable environment.



Playing Shop is a fun and educational game for kids that helps them develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills. By setting up a shop, following the rules, and adding some variations, you can create a game that is both engaging and educational. So, gather your play money and items, and let’s play shop!

Remember, this is a game that your child can play alone or with friends, so encourage them to invite their siblings or friends to join in the fun. Playing shop is a great way to spend quality time with your child while teaching them valuable life skills that they can use in the future.

With a little imagination and creativity, you can turn this simple game into an unforgettable experience for your child. Who knows, they may even grow up to be the next successful entrepreneur or shopkeeper!