Encourage your child to set up a store at home using items from around the house. Once the shelves are stocked, they can pretend to go shopping. Help them make a shopping list and find a bag or basket. You can be the cashier. Talk with them about what they’re shopping for. Then switch. You can shop, and they can be the cashier.
See what your child is learning
Pretending is a fun way for your child to make sense of their experiences. They are using memory to use what they already know about shopping to pretend with you. Plus, they’re thinking flexibly to switch between roles of shopper and cashier.