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Children learn by doing and role-play activities are a great way to integrate this into the
Role-play can be used to improve our children’s English along with their social skills.
This activity develops the values of respect and cooperation.
Today, we’re going to make some shops!
Divide your class into two groups who will make two different shops.
Place a table, and some chairs behind it, on each side of the classroom.
Ask the children in one group to find things in the class that they will sell and place
them on their table.
Their objects must be red, orange and yellow.
Ask the children in the other group to find things to sell in their shop and place them
on their table.
Their objects must be blue, purple and green.
Next, the children decide in their groups the price of their objects.
Hand out a lot of sticky notes with 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 written on them.
The children must talk to each other to choose which objects cost which price.
This really encourages cooperation.
Now, ask the children to tell you what they should say when they are in a shop.
Try to elicit the conversation from your students.
If your children are able to read you can write it on the board.
It might be like this;
‘Can I have this book please?’
‘Yes, here you are.’
If your children have more English the conversation might be a little longer.
Now it’s time to go shopping!
Hand out some different coloured sticky notes with the same money values written on them
This will be their play money.
Tell the children they must decide who will sell in their shop and who will go and buy
in the other shop.
This encourages turn taking.
They then go and buy what they would like in the other shop.
Once they have finished, the children may change.
Now the sellers are buyers and buyers are sellers.
Finally, you can ask them to count how much money their shop has.
At the end of the activity have a “show and tell” discussion with the children.
Ask them to show and tell you the best thing that they bought and why.
Ask them if they liked working together to make their shop and why.
And finally, did it feel nice when your friends said “please” and “thank you” in the
This activity is rich in language, improving the children’s numeracy and recycling colors.
Developing these important values in your children will help to prepare them for the
outside world and help them to become understanding and successful adults.