Market- ImaginaryPlay

• Cash Registers
• Plastic Fruit and Veggies
• Shelves
• Shopping Carts

You will need to create, collect and ask for Donations regarding the following:

• Empty Food boxes (think cereal, cake, pasta, Frozen Food Containers, Milk Jugs, egg cartons, etc) clean them out fill them with newspaper and use packing tape around the edges to seal
• Empty Plastic Bottles (Juice, water, soda clean out and use hot glue to glue the cap on securely)
• Empty Cleaning Products Taped or sealed shut be careful with these they must be cleaned out and securely closed
• Grocery Weekly ads and Large Ads(the Dollar Tree and I am sure others will Donate their LARGE ads they have hanging in the store just ask) * Dollar Tree changes Ads on Mondays while regular grovery stores change ads on Wednesdays
• Reusable Grocery bags (Ralphs donates on Mondays and Fresh and Easy Donates as well)
• Sale stickers and signs (ask on Wednesdays)
• Plastic Baskets for shopping
• Old Displays (ask on Wednesdays many displays are changed out and disposed of with the new sale ads )
• Purses/ wallets
* Use a black trash bag or black fabric taped down to create a “conveyor belt” look near cash register
* coupons- save from Sunday paper etc
• Money: Green paper (Think Pretend City money)
• Optional: Flower Stand— Ask Walmart for Silk Flower Donations.
• Bakery: Create felt bakery items Here is a list of easy tutorials
• Anything else you can think of?

• Use Dramatic play shelves already there plus wire racks in shed to create aisles
• Have paper and pens set out for children to make Grocery lists
• Freezer section: Use a clear shower curtain liner cut it to the right length cut strips attach under loft.
• Check out area- Use a black trash bag or black fabric taped down to create a “conveyor belt” look near cash register

• Produce Stand and Delicatessen

• Optional: Bakery and Flower stands


Our Flower Stand Go Here for step by step instructions on how to make one.

Go Here for the Donations letter for the Market of basic items needed remember you can always add to it as needed. Simply Copy and Paste into a Word Document (change Font size as needed)Include the Base Donations Letter along with the specific Donations Letter for the unit you are working on

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This thing is awesome anyone have any ideas as to how to recreate it? It is supposed to be strictly for a Kids Bakery Display Case, from the ‘Designs by Sara’ collection, 42”w x 24”d. Includes an unbreakable Lexan® display window, 3 shelves & locking sliding doors in the back. Top & shelves have a brush orange laminate.
Here is a link to the site where I found it

We sectioned the food into categories we kept all the dairy/ eggs together breakfast stuff together etc.

Above is a picture from the year before so you can see while they are different there are some similarities.

I used a trash bag as the “conveyor belt” and used the bottom of the shower curtain that we weren’t using to cover the whole table so I wouldn’t have to tape directly to our table it sealed in the trash bag and I taped the shower curtain to itself so we won’t have any yucky tape residue.

Our market, the “next customer” signs are cardboard covered in masking tape rolled into a long triangle shape with the words written on in sharpie


Aprons and Job Badges for children who are “Working”

Our Produce Section

We used tubs where the children will color code the fruit and veggies

The fruit and veggies were 90% hand made

This year we added a Cocoa shop to our super market.


You can make turkey/chicken legs and we had meat trays donated we sealed them up and placed them in the freezer section.


Our freezer section we saved an assortment of frozen tv dinners etc
I used a shower curtain and cut it to size for the freezer section I also cut strips it into strips so the kids could easily reach in and pull out what they want

We made fish bacon and more drumsticks

Fresh pasta in the refrigerated section

Make labels on the computer

Ground Meat is easy to make with yarn and sushi was made with felt

Again you can get creative using simple yarn and a baggie.

This was the bakery this year but there is a photo above of the bakery in previous years.

Easy cupcakes, cookies, and even a cake for the kids to choose from

Some were packaged on plastic lids with some of the scrap shower curtain taped on top.

Buying in bulk


Use felt or foam to create bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and meat. Have Baggies ready for the kids so after they create their sandwich they can take it to go.

This is the Delicatessen made in another year. Slightly different but mainly the same.

We used signs to indicate where everything is

We used a Mailbox to house our sale ads we have been collecting
We put out paper and pencils for “Make your own Shopping Lists”
These were such a great idea from one of the moms she found pictures of cookies and then cut them out attached them to cardboard and then we used donated muffin containers where we taped them done and sealed them so the kids can purchase cookies.

Some of the food that was made

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How to Make a flower Stand

We started with some silk flowers a basket and a donated Display Stand from the Grocery Store
I added the basket by poking a hole through the base and securing the back with a VERY large washer so that it will not pull through

I used this drill bit to make the holes in the cardboard to hold the flowers

It was still missing something so we added the Sign up top
I left the strips on the bottom so I could push them through the top of the display so it will stay securely up top without worry of falling down
I used a box from Costco to make the sign up top

Our finished Display. It was super simply very inexpensive (most was donated or stuff we had on hand)

I know these directions seem pretty specific but if you think about it you can use these principles to make another flower stand later if this one is not around anymore (or if you want to create one for home)

It was simple fast, easy and fun!

Fairies Visit

Kaia was thrilled we had Faerie bread

with fairy magic sprinkles
We made a home for the fairies
even made magic wands
There was a fairy circle with flowers

Mikey contributed to the fairy home
We decorated the room for the Fairies. They tied ribbons to branches
They decorated Fairy tunnels (toilet paper tubes) and hung them for branches for the fairies to hide in