Pretend play is a great way to teach lessons and I love using any sort of buying or selling for teaching about money or math.
We had some extra lollipops after a party and so we made a lollipop shop!
You will need a tray that will let your child sort the coins, some jars, paper, ribbon, a hole punch, and lollipops.
Start by making tags for the jars denoting the cost of each color of lollipop. We made each color a different price ( 1, 5, 10 and 25) I used the same color marker as the lollipop and attached them to the jars with ribbon.
Then my son sorted the lollipops by color into the jars.
Then he sorted the coins to familiarize him with the coins.
We set up shop in the hallway and played!