Assignment: What do your kids have that you always wanted when you were a kid?
A Grocery Store. Stocked with food. Pretend food. Oh! And a grocery cart. That is what I always wanted when I was a kid.
However, I had to make do with setting up my own Grocery Store (because W-A-Y back then, kids actually had to use their own imagination for "such things") by taking a variety of food out of the cupboards and placing them all around the basement rec room. I would use one of the tables as the "checkout" complete with one of my parents adding machines for the cash register. I'd have plastic grocery bags to "pack up" all my pretend customer purchases and I'd make "change" with monopoly money. It was quite difficult to play "two roles"...you know that of the customer AND the customer service representative but I made it work. I had hours and hours of fun, it was a blast!
I swore that when I had kids they would be fully equipped with a Grocery Store of their own so, you can imagine my delight when I found this 2 years before we even had kids (and on sale for $19.99):
Despite Daddy Dave's protest that, "They are WAY to young!", Santa brought them it for Christmas last year (they were almost 2 yrs old). Come on and take a "tour" of our friendly neighborhood SuperMarket...
The Meat/Dairy Department
The Fresh Produce Section
The Non-Perishables "Aisle"
Checkout & Carts
While I have to give myself some credit on the super-fan-tabulous set up I arranged, I sadly have to admit that they tend to enjoy tipping it over and scattering the "inventory" everywhere, rather than playing "store". *sigh*
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