We all remember playing shops at some point when we were little. This activity is a great way to get the whole family playing together. Whose job is it to build the shop? What about decorating it? And what's the shop called? Tots, brothers and sisters, and big kids love this fun 'build and play' game.

What you need

Large cardboard box

Packaging tape

Safety scissors

Marker pens or poster paint


Develop hand skills and hand/eye coordination

Learning new words

Entertains the whole family

Encourages creativity and imagination

Such a good laugh

How long will it take?

45 mins

What to do

  1. Find a big cardboard box and then cut off the top of your box so your toddler can stand up inside it.
  2. Cut out a square hole in the side of the box to make the shop counter and then encourage your little one to decorate their shop using marker pens or paint.

    dad and daughter colouring in cardboard box
  3. Help them stock their shop with things from your kitchen cupboards. When you're finished, visit the shop and ask to buy different items - you could even make your own fake paper money!

    dad and son 'buying' food from 'shop'