My kids love to pretend to have yard sales

@shaggin (36633)
United States
February 29, 2012 8:27am CST
My daughter and son are setting up a pretend yard sale. My daughter has a notebook she is going to record how much she has sold. We have fake money to pay for the items. She is putting price tags on tons of stuff that my son and I can go around and buy. We do this every once in awhile and its fun. The notebook was my idea so she can add up what we buy therefore helping with her math skills. Today school is closed due to a big snow storm coming so this gives us something to do for awhile. I'm just writing on here waiting for my kids to tell me its all ready to start.
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@Anne18 (11036)
29 Feb 12
Wow, that brings back lots of very good menories of when we use ot set up children's toys and nick nacks from the shelves in the sitting room and play shops on a rainy day. We used plastic money. They children had fun and learnt about money as well. In the summer holidays children who live on main roads very often have a table top sale and sell there old toys.
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@shaggin (36633)
• United States
1 Mar 12
Thats exactly what we did. The kids went and found items then made price tags and stuck them on the items with tape. We had fake money and I would pay my daughter for the items and she would make change and she would write down in her notebook how much she had sold. It was a good math activity for her that was really for fun so she enjoyed it.
@Anne18 (11036)
2 Mar 12
So pleased that you all had a very good time, shame mine are now too old ot play, they just want ot og down town and spend there money!!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Mar 12
That is really a great idea and something that I've never done with my kids before. However, it would be something that would be good to do with them for math skills. In addition to that, it might also be a way that I could convince the kids to purge some of the things that they have that they really don't need anymore. You see, my kids seem to both have a huge problem with hording toys, even those that they've outgrown.
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@shaggin (36633)
• United States
6 Mar 12
It really did go really well. My daughter got all the items and put price tags on them. My son and I would pretend we wanted to buy something and she would write the price down on a piece of paper and add to it everytime we bought something. So she was having to add the money. She also had to make change when we gave her a bill larger then the amount. It was great for her math skills. You could really have a yard sale for your kids to try to sell their toys. Maybe if they get to keep the money from the toys that sell they might be happy to part with some things. We do have real yard sales in the summer time but this was just for pretend.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 12
Hehe..remind me when I was a kid I used to play such thing with my friends. Pretend to be the seller and buyers. That time we just use leaves as our money and it really fun even if the items were not real but at least it made us think in a creative way.(^^)
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
29 Feb 12
That is the cutest thing! I am sure it would be a lot of fun. I love to play school with my niece and nephew or just watch my niece and nephew play school. It's an adorable thing to watch. I hope you have fun and stay warm, don't forget the hot cocoa!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Feb 12
That sounds like a great and fun idea! My kids absolutely love playing store and waiter. My oldest daughter loves pretending to be a waitress. Lol. She asks what you want, writes it down and then charges an outrageous price! Lol. I am always the customer and daddy is always the cook. It is loads of fun though. =)
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@Tina30219 (33577)
• Onaway, Michigan
29 Feb 12
Cool sounds like fun. I hope you have fun doing this.
@shaggin (36633)
• United States
29 Feb 12
I'm waiting for them to get done with it. They have the kitchen table covered with toys and things that we can buy lol. My son wanted to price something and my daughter and him got in a fight so she bit him. At 7 years old she knows better then to fight. I sent her to her room. I told her if they cant get along and cooperate to do this then I wont play yard sale with them at all. Hopefully that solves things.
@Tina30219 (33577)
• Onaway, Michigan
29 Feb 12
Oh no I hope yours son is ok. I wish my daughter would think of things like this to do.My daughter and her friend rather bake and write books.
@shaggin (36633)
• United States
1 Mar 12
Yes he was ok you couldnt even see a mark on her finger. We played yard sale for a little while and then after all the items had been bought they didnt want to play again. It took them along time to put prices on all the stuff. My daughter loves to write books as well. They dont like to help me cook to much anymore they would rather watch movies while I cook and then they eat what I've made lol.