Having seen how much Minnie enjoyed a recent visit to a shoe shop, I thought we'd create one for her at home. We collected various shoes & wellies from around our house, some of Minnie’s old shoes & baby shoes, along with different sized shoe boxes.
|Minnie's baby shoes. It's hard to believe her feet have grown so much!|
We created a paying area around our sofa, & added a couple of chairs for the customers, with a mirror so they could check out their purchases.
Minnie was soon taking on the role of the shopkeeper & happily served me & her toys, finding shoes, bagging them up, sorting money & handing out her till receipts.
|One happy customer!|
|Minnie checking to see if the shoe fits!|
|Sorting the shoes & matching pairs|
Soon Minnie was the customer & enjoyed trying on all of the shoes, especially mine! She was fascinated to see how much her own feet had grown too.
|Minnie loved unwrapping the tissue paper to discover the shoes in the box|
|Walking around the room to check the fit was right!|
|Measuring the width of feet|
|Drawing around her feet|
Minnie continued drawing (with a little bit of help) around her dolls feet. I suggested they might like some shoes so we set to work on making some bespoke footwear.
|These footprints became the soles for our dolls shoes|
|Minnie decorated a strap...|
|... & stuck it to the doll's footprint to create our shoe!|
|Here are our stylish shoes! They're our version of a basic birkenstock! ;-)|
What do you think? I have to say I think the recipients were happy with the new footwear.
This role play area has been so popular with Minnie, & it’s been great to observe how it’s encouraged her creativity, language & maths skills.