Imaginative Crafts

Pretend Store Craft

After making the Pretend Store Craft, tell you kids to invite their friends over and have each of them design their own store. Together they can make a mini-mall.

How to Make the Pretend Store Craft

What You'll Need:

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Assorted Colors of Construction Paper
  • Clean Foam Food Trays (from fruits or vegetables only)
  • Markers
  • Shoe Box with Lid
  • Craft Glue

Step One: Have an adult help you with the cutting. Make several different types of stores for your mini-mall. All you need is some play money and a cash register to get started.

Step Two: To make play money, cut several 2 1/2 x 6-inch pieces from green construction paper. Decorate them to make your own dollar bills. Add the amounts -- $1, $5, $10, and even $100. Cut several circles from foam food trays to make the coins. Decorate them with markers.

Step Three: Make a cash register from a shoe box. Cut the lid in half. Use one half as the cash drawer. Place the lid half back on the box, and turn the box upside down. Pull out one half of the lid and place your play money inside.

Step Four: To make the cash register buttons, cut small circles from different colors of construction paper. Write numbers and words such as "Total" and "Void" on the buttons. Glue them to the box.

Step Five: Now you're ready to play store. For a grocery store, gather food cartons and boxes. Collect junk mail for a post office. Use stuffed animals for a pet store. Gather old shopping bags for your purchases. Draw your store's sign on a piece of construction paper.

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