In this activity, you and your child will engage in conversations and role play while the child pretends to be a baker in a bakery.
To build your child’s knowledge of what a bakery is and does, begin by talking to him or her about what happens at a bakery and who works there. If possible, read some books together about baking (e.g., bread, muffins, cookies, cakes) or visiting a bakery.
To set up the play, you can create “menus” using pictures of baked goods, such as a muffin, a cupcake, a loaf of bread, etc. You can draw these pictures together or cut out photos from a grocery store ad or magazine. You can also make “Open/Closed” and “Bakery” signs to enhance the play. The bakery area can contain bowls, measuring cups, a rolling pin, apron, etc.
One person can be the baker and the other can be the customer at the bake shop. You and your child should take turns playing these roles. The person ordering food can place a checkmark on the menu next to the item he or she is purchasing and the baker can make it.
You can also model conversations among the different roles by demonstrating what the customer would say and how the baker would respond. For example, the baker might say, “Welcome to the Bakery! Would you like to order something to eat?” And the customer might respond, “Good Morning! I would like a blueberry muffin, please.”