Super Sale Store Game

Why

Design money, open a store, add up purchases, make change—this game is packed with consumer math!


Steps

1. Set up your own classroom Super Sale Store Game. Match the game to a topic you are studying, such as pets, nutritious foods, or books.


2. Choose four colors of construction paper. Use Crayola® Scissors to cut each piece into fourths to make price cards. Make a price indicator by arranging one card of each color in a column, connecting them with clear adhesive tape. Write different monetary amounts on each card. Display on a chalkboard or bulletin board.


3. Brainstorm items you would like to buy in your store. Draw one item on each store card using Crayola Construction Paper Crayons. Write the name of the item on the card as well. Shuffle cards so colors are mixed.


4. Create your own play money with crayons, scissors, and construction paper. Make paper bills and coins, depending on how items are priced. You will pay, and make change, with this play money.


5. Play the game in small groups of 3 to 5. Take turns being the storekeeper. Agree on how much play money each player needs to purchase items and how much the cashier needs to make change.


6. The storekeeper holds up one card at a time for the others to purchase. Shoppers refer to the price indicator on display for the cost of each item. They pay the storekeeper, who counts the money and makes change as needed. Switch roles often, putting cards back into a pile and shuffling each time.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Children write different prices on price cards, and purchase more than one item, as they become more advanced at counting money and making change.
  • Students laminate price cards, store cards, and money with clear plastic adhesive, such as Con-Tact® paper.
  • Choose an appealing topic such as party supplies for a birthday party, food items for a family dinner, or gifts for a holiday. Research real prices for items. Buyers develop a realistic budget for the occasion.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • clear adhesive tape

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Visual Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children create their own props for a pretend play store related to a curriculum theme.

  • Students solve math problems involving money, such as calculating total cost and making change, through cooperative learning experiences in their classroom store.

  • Students use concrete objects to discover practical uses for consumer math.

Cirriculum

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