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Discuss and learn about different types of stores, groceries and shop items.

0-30 min
Reception-Year 1


Tell the children they are going to build shopping items and stores.

Play the shopping memory game with the children, say: “I went to the store and I bought . . . “
Choose a child to repeat the statement and name the item you bought plus an additional item. Continue the game until each child has had a turn naming all of the items that were bought plus an additional item.

Show the photograph of the LEGO® DUPLO® model for Activity 5.


Consider asking questions like:

  • What do you see?
  • Do you go shopping with your parents? If so, where do you go and what do you buy?
  • What are the names of different stores where people go to buy different things? (Children may name types of stores such as “bakery” or “grocery,” or they may give the actual name of the store.)


  • Tell the children that they are going to build items they need for their family.
  • Divide the children into pairs.
  • Ask the children to work together in their pairs to build three items.


Ask each pair of children to present their items. Consider asking questions like:

  • What items did you build?
  • Why do people need these things?
  • What kind of store sells these items?


As a group, sort all of the items into categories according to what type of store would sell each item (e.g., place all the food items into the “grocery store” category). Tell the children that they will work in their pairs to build one type of store. Encourage the children to choose different types of stores. Ask them to build their stores and then place three items from the appropriate category or categories for sale in the store. Allow them time to role-play shopping scenarios with LEGO DUPLO figures.

Teacher Support

Children will :
Begin to understand that different shops have different items, and why people need to buy them.
For up to 8 children.

Children are able to discuss what items are commonly needed in a home, and participate in a shopping scenario.