A game for a Shopkeeper and one or more Shoppers ... Younger learners will need an adult or older child.
## Playing In The Shop- Choose one (1) person to be the Shopkeeper and one (or more) to be the Shopper.
- Swap jobs at the end and put the objects back to play again.
- If there aren't enough real people to play, use dolls or action toys as the shoppers.
- The Shopper has a 'purse' with screw caps that have a value of $10 or $20 or $30 - you choose - made up from a mixture of 'coins'.
- The Shopper needs a shopping bag.
- The Shopkeeper needs a couple of containers of screw caps to make change.
- Go shopping.
*Have fun exploring the Two Dollar Shop.* - Shopkeepers first try to work out the price in their head. Then they can check with the calculator.
## Just Before You Finish- In your journal draw a pictures of the things you bought.
- Write the price you paid for each thing and the total.
- Explain the change you were given.
## Something Extra- Include challenges such as all payments and change must be made using the least number of coins, eg: $10 would have to be made with five (5) blue caps.
- Teach Shopkeepers to make change by counting on from the total cost to the amount offered (a lost art in most shops).
*What happens if we use these bigger green lids as 50¢?*. This could affect both the prices and the way the shopper's purse money is made up.- What about making every Tuesday Market Day and using the whole lounge room as the market. More shops, more signs, lots of music in the background and...
- ...you can include making pancakes, popcorn and other simple recipes as if they were for food stalls at the market.
- ...you can read stories around the theme of markets, shops and shopping (for example Jack and the Beanstalk).
## Answers & DiscussionThese notes were originally written for teachers. They have been shared from the Members section of Calculating Changes, which is a division of Mathematics Centre. Teachers have a particular liking for this activity because it:- has real world links
- is learning through play
- promotes mathematical conversation
- connects several other learning areas through mathematics
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