5 Ways to Make Grocery Shopping Fun
[A guest post by the fabulous Melissa www.mjsvirtual.com.au]
We’ve all been there – it’s school holidays the fridge and pantry are empty and you have no choice but to take the tribe to the supermarket. Here are a few simple ways to make the grocery shopping process fun for your children and teach them a thing or two at the same time:
- Own list. Write your child their own list of 5-10 items (or draw pictures for younger children) and task them with finding each of the items on their list.
- Scavenger hunt. Make a game out of trying to find items, “Can you find the milk? Yes, well done – there it is!” This works particularly well with young children and can help teach them about different foods.
- Own basket or trolley. If you’re game, let your child have their own basket or mini-trolley (for those stores that have them) and let them place items from their list in it. Expand on this with older children by having them look at the prices of items and add up the cost of what is in their trolley.
- The Alphabet Game. A variation of the car licence plate game, have your child try to find every letter of the alphabet (in order) using the first letter of labels that they see as you work your way around the supermarket.
- Loading conveyor. Let them assist in helping put things on the conveyor and sorting them into groups. Think bathroom items, frozen items, cold items, fruit and veg etc. This will also serve as a good distraction from the lollies and chocolates that are often at eye level at the checkout!