DIY Dramatic Play Set Up: Shoe Shop

Now we all know that a girl loves her shoes! I just had no idea how much my little girl would love these shoes though!

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
I loved the way that she explored & compared the size & shape of shoes, & matched pairs to corresponding shoe boxes.

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!

After serving the customers in her shoe shop Minnie ran off & returned with a ruler. She then began measuring her dolls feet & her own, before drawing around them... & around mine! We cut out the footprints & compared the size of our feet.

Measuring the width of feet

Drawing around her feet

Our footprints

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.

Doll's footprints

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.

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  1. What a wonderful idea. This would fit in with St Patricks Day too ! Weren't the leprechauns cobblers for fairies ?

  2. I love this idea! My daughter also loves shoes (and her baby sister is beginning to take an interest, too), and I'm sure they would both enjoy this. (She even goes over to the neighbours to ask if she can wear their shoes!) What a great activity, I especially love the making of the dolls' shoes - very clever!

  3. Oh my gosh- how cute is this!? I wonder if my son would go for it? haha! I might have to just try it and see...

  4. Mama Pea Pod - thank you. I love that your daughter goes on a shoe hunt around the neighbours - so cute. Why do us girlies love shoes so much?? ;)

  5. Jen - Thank you:) I'm sure your little lad would love a shoe shop, especially trying on different sized wellie boots & big shoes etc to clomp around in ;)

  6. That's so cute! Btw, you've been featured in my Sunday Linky this week! Check it out here :)

  7. Wow - thank you so much for featuring us Jen!:) I hope your move goes well & it's not too stressful.

  8. What a wonderful idea! I have never tried a shoe shop at preschool, but now you have me thinking!

  9. What a wonderful idea! Now I wish I didn't give all the baby shoes away!

  10. My daughter loves shoes too! I love the way you incorporated so many lessons (math, art, language, role playing, etc.)in one activity! We will have to try this.

  11. fantastic role play idea and great to see her taking lead of her own learning and taking it in new directions! thanks sharing such as great idea!!

  12. Oh, I know one little girl who would absolutely love this! :)

    Featuring this post on this week's High paw! Thanks for participation and hope to see you there this week too! :)))

  13. Lots of skills learned from this fun activity...

  14. This is fantastic! ;) Thanks for linking up at Math Monday!

  15. I used to play this game when I was a child. Love your shop, especially your shoes for the dolls.

  16. i love this idea, however a word of warning. when i was little my mum placed her old shoes in my dress uo box. i loved getting out the shoes, trying them on, dressing up, and having a shoe shop. i use to wait for the day when the shoes would fit me, and i could possibly wear them out, and look fabulous. i am now 20, and i have over 50 pairs of shoes (i grew out of the shoes in my dress up box quickly).

  17. Hi,
    I found this post via childhood 101. I am so going to try this with my daughter. Thanks so much for the creative idea!

  18. I love this idea! Never thought to do something like this before, even though I know how much they love wearing dress up shoes.

  19. Amazing. I totally loved the little slippers for the doll. You are a true inspiration