When my class took an interest in plants and flowers, I set up this Garden Shop for them. To make room in the classroom for this center, I cleared off an entire shelf and moved what was there to our storage closet. We have a Pre-K standard that says children should be able to identify coins, so I added real money to this center for the children to pretend to buy the items from the Garden Shop. I added paper, markers, and a keyboard (cash register), and children practiced literacy and math skills by writing prices and words on receipts. I didn’t tell them to do that, but just by adding those materials to that area, children came up with the idea on their own.
Here is a photo gallery showing what was in our Garden Shop. (Click the photos to view them larger.)
This little girl made use of everything she found in the Garden Shop. She built her garden with blocks. She used the garden rocks to “plant” her flowers (she made the flowers stand up better by putting the rocks in the flower pots). She’s watering with the watering cans, and wearing the apron, knee pads, and gloves.