Our neighborhood has many children. These kiddos are outside playing most of the time. There are two little girls who usually don’t play with the others and are always concocting something out of dirt, trash, water and grass. When we returned home from church and I (DeAnna) got out of the car to open the gate, I overheard these little girls who were playing with a little boy, talking about the things they found at their “marché” (store or market).
After we pulled the car in, I went outside to talk to them about their marché finds. The older one told me all about their “finds.” She was excited to show me wrappers she found for cookies, telling me these cookies are very good. She told me about the good corn she had. The younger one started telling me about her goodies. It reminded me of when Joshua and Jonah were little and used to play store. They used to get out their toy food and combine it with canned and boxed food we had in our pantry. They would make up price tags and rip up paper for money.
I came to the conclusion that playing store is cross cultural and something fun for all kids.