What better way to practice some counting and other math skills in our Around the World preschool theme than by inviting the preschoolers to come to a world market?
What a special set of days this was! This Around the World Market was one of those activities where you have this huge vision so you plan very carefully and thoughtfully, hoping you’ve covered all your bases. But, since we’re talking preschoolers here, you also keep your fingers crossed that the activity will unroll like your vision. Smoothly and perfectly.
This was that activity!
From the beginning to the end, the world market could not have gone better, and so I’m super excited to share it with you!
You’ll need lots of items from around the world, or at least lots of items that look like they are from all around the world. I did use several things I’d purchased during my travels, but I also supplemented with gifts from my friends’ trips abroad.
I included a lot of what I used in the around the world suitcase, but also added some smaller trinkets I’d purchased from Cost Plus World Market. The store had a lot of little items that could be “sold” at our market for only a few coins. I wanted t be sure I’d included a large variety of interesting items, as well as a variety of items that could be “sold” at various costs.
Begin by setting your items out on a low table. I laid a Turkish kilim rug on the preschool table. It was not for purchase, but I wanted the table to be inviting so it made a colorful table cloth, and it fit in well with our Around the World theme. I then organized the trinkets the same way a table top store might. They were grouped with the smaller items in front and the larger items in back.
Once the market was ready, I assigned roles to my preschoolers. We had two shop keepers, a cashier and three customers. The customers were given a bag with about fifteen large play coins in it. I explained what each job was and helped the children find their roles within the dramatic play scene.
The play continues. After a customer purchases an item, he sets it aside until he has spent all him money, then returns it to the store where the store keeper sets the items out again, fronting the store, and give each item a price again. Then, the customer switches places with another student so that everyone gets a chance to play each role.
My favorite part of this activity was listening to the children as they played. Dramatic play is rich in language and new vocabulary and this play scene was no different. The children used the same language I had the during the Around the World unit, and told each other tidbits of information and trivia about the items. It was impressive how much they remembered from all our other activities and the stories we had read.
Books we read
We read the following books as part of our Around the World theme:
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.