Grocery store Empty food boxes (place on an empty book or toy shelf) Cash register Play money, credit cards Store ads, coupons, scissors to cut out coupons Shopping cart Pads, pens and pencils Employee name tags Store signs, posters (Jewel-Osco, Sale, Buy One, Get One Free) Bags Styrofoam trays/plastic wrap for toy meat, vegetables, bakery items, etc.
Restaurant Toy food Toy dishes, napkins, etc. Tablecloth Menus Order pads, pens, pencils Cash register Play money, credit cards Telephone
Barber shop/beauty salon Combs, brushes Hair clips and accessories TOY scissors (to avoid actual haircuts!) Capes/shirts Mirrors Magazines Pictures/posters of hair styles Phone Cash register Play money, credit cards Appointment book Pens and pencils Telephone Toy nail polish (made from water-color paint) Empty shampoo bottles Spray bottle with water Cotton balls Whiskbroom Hair dryer
Auto mechanic Toy cars and trucks Coveralls (or jeans and sweatshirts) Caps or T-shirts with car logos or patches Safety goggles Car magazines Flashlights Plastic tools Any real auto parts that aren't too filthy or sharp Rags Empty oil cans Phone Calendar Appointment book Cash register Play money, credit cards
Castle Large box: Cut a door and windows and help your kids paint or decorate it (Hint: Call a store that sells appliances. Often you can get boxes at the end of the day before they're crushed or flattened.) Robes Crowns: Make out of cardboard covered with aluminum foil Scepter: plastic or cardboard/foil Jewelry (or beads and string so kids can make their own) Throne (cover a couple of chairs with a blanket or pretty fabric)
Shoe store Shoes Rulers (for measuring feet) Empty shoe boxes Shoelaces Mirrors Chairs Cash register Play money, credit cards, pads and pens for writing receipts
Office Computer (or even an old keyboard) Phone Phone books Calendar Notepads Pens and pencils Paper Envelopes Gummed paper for stamps (Hint: print out a stamp-like design on a sheet of labels) Scissors Tape Stickers Calculator Mailbox White board, markers, erasers Bulletin board, pins Date stamper, other stamps Return address labels