If your kids love baking, this is the perfect activity for helping them learn to count. Kids can pretend they own a bakery or a shop that sells sweets. This pretend play activity is helping them learn to count while they have a ton of fun as a shop owner! Each printable set gives the option for different parts of this pretend play activity and is incredibly fun. This is perfect for a preschool, kindergarten class or at home. All kids will love this Bakery Pretend Play Activity For Counting!
Materials needed for the Bakery Pretend Play Printables:
Tape | Pennies
To prep: Print, laminate and cut out the pieces.
I attached the milk jugs to toilet paper rolls to help them stand up. Otherwise, this is a great set to use with play dough. (You can use small balls of play dough to hold the jugs upright.)
To play: Take turns being customers and bakers. 10 cookies have prices on them that are perfect to practice counting to 10.
Have the kids count out the correct number of coins to purchase each cookie.
Another way to play is to pretend that you are a customer. Tell the baker “I have 5 cents. Which cookies can I buy?” Show your child that you can either buy the 2 cent and 3cent, 4 cent and 1 cent or 5 cent cookies to use all of your money.
You can also introduce subtraction. “I have 7 cents. If I buy the 4 cent cookie, how much money will I have left?”
Here are some really great books to read along with playing:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on LoveLittle Ree: Best Friends Forever!Pancakes, Pancakes!If You Give a Dog a DonutWho Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? (Playtime Rhymes)
Here are some other great pretend play preschool activities from the #TeachECE team!
Pretend Play in Preschool: How to be a Scientist! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Pretend Play: Amazon Fulfillment Center by Growing Book by Book
Pretend Play Fishing Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life
Detective Pretend Play by Capri + 3
Farmer’s Market Preschool Theme Pretend Play by Learning 2 Walk
Exploring Numbers 0-10 Pretend Garden Meal by Tiny Tots Adventures
DIY Farm Pretend Play Mat by The Educators’ Spin On It