Two Dollar Shop
Years K - 3
A game for a Shopkeeper and one or more Shoppers ... Younger learners will need an adult or older child.
- Collect small plastic screw caps (or alternative) in two colours or sizes.
These will be pretend $1 and $2 coins.
Let's make yellow ones worth $1 and blue ones worth $2.
- Collect objects from around the house to sell in the Two Dollar Shop.
- One calculator for the Shopkeeper (there's one on your phone)
- Stickers (or alternative) for pricing
- Materials and decorations to make signs
Making The Shop
- Find a place to set up the shop. Remember it will be there for a few days.
- Place your objects in the shop and mark their prices.
- You can use stickers or make small signs.
- All the prices are whole dollars and can be anything up to $10.
- Make bigger signs so your shop looks interesting and people will come in.
Playing In The Shop
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.
- 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 & Discussion
These 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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