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Grocery Store Learning Activities

Shopping with kids isn’t my all time favorite thing to do. But if I must, you bet that I’m going to sneak in some learning fun for all. Here are my favorite grocery store learning activities. 

grocery store learning activities

TODDLER/PRESCHOOL
My favorite section of the grocery store to teach my toddler in is the produce section.  There are so many opportunities for learning there.  The skills that I’ve focused on in the past with LM are..

Vocabulary/Language Development/ Letter Sounds

1. Practice language skills by discussing common fruits and vegetables…apple, tomato, banana

2. Name different fruits and vegetables that your little one may not be familiar with.. Kale, Cauliflower, Mango

3. Teach letter sounds…K is for Kiwi, B is for Banana, S is for Star Fruit

A great book to share before or after shopping is Eating the Alphabet by Ehlert.

Can your family eat through the alphabet? Keep a list of different foods that you eat thoughout the month- label by the beginning letter.  See how many foods you can get from A to Z.

Colors:
1. Play a color game.  How many yellow foods can you find?  How many green foods?  Name them as you go on a color hunt!

2. If you don’t have time for a game, just point the colors as you are shopping. I often do this with LM- learning on the go!

Some examples….
Yellow: Banana, Star Fruit, Squash, Pepper, Lemon
Green: Pepper, Grapes, Kale, Broccoli, Cucumbers
Red: Radish, Apple, Strawberry, Cranberries
Blue: Blueberries
White: Onion, White potatoes
Brown: Potato
Purple: Grapes, Eggplant, Plums, Purple Cabbage
Orange: Carrots, Oranges, Nectarines

For a list of more colorful fruits and vegetables, be sure to visit Color Wheel of Fruits and Vegetables.

Math/Counting
1.How many oranges is Mommy holding? 1,2,3….

2. LM likes to weigh our fruit and I show him the numbers on the scale.. 1 lb, 2 lbs etc.

Creative Play
Set up a play area at home where you child can play store.  Be sure that you child has a shopping list to take with them! My older children enjoy playing store to practice money and math skills, so this is actually great for all ages.  Just adapt accordingly.

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grocery store learning activities

SCHOOL AGE
Grocery store learning is not just for preschoolers and toddlers. There is a lot of learning that can take place for older children as well.

Alphabetical Order
1.To practice ABC order, have your child alphabetize your shopping list.

2. How about having your child group your actual groceries by letter after your shopping trip? Grocery ABCs

3.  I actually alphabetize all of my coupons in a binder.  I have my kids help me with this tedious process.  Helps mom organize coupons and helps kids with practicing ABC order.

Creative Writing
After a day of shopping, have your child write a shopping mystery or adventure!

Story starter ideas
Suddenly, all of the oranges started rolling on the floor…
Did that cereal box just talk to me…

Spelling
Shopping Spelling Bee- can you spell the items on this weeks list?

Banana
Salmon
Organic Milk
Pomegranate
Kiwi

Math skills
Weight- Estimate which weighs more the cluster of grapes or the bananas? the apple or the orange? How much do you think 2 oranges will weigh?

Estimate cost of groceries- Have your child work with you to round and add up cost of groceries in the cart.

Shopping challenge- Have your child find groceries on your list that add up to around $10.  Let them ring them up in the self-service area.  How close were they to $10?

Coupon Math- Have your children help cut out coupons.  Show them the shopping advertisement.  Find a product and match it to the coupon.   Bagels are $3.00.  If you use this coupon for .50, how much will the bagels cost?  Have them set up the problem on scratch paper.

Social Studies/Geography
Talk about where the different foods come from. (example- oranges from Florida.  How do they get here?  Where is Florida located?)
If your store has an  International section- share foods from different countries. Find countries on a map when you get home from shopping trip. Try new items.

Written by Jen

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Heidi

    Awesome ideas!!

    June 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply Jen

      Thanks! I shared some of Nicole’s awesome ideas as well. Have a good day!

      Jen 🙂

      June 5, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Reply pmlevitt

    Great thoughts! We love playing grocery store and I’ve recently written a post on this topic that you might be interested to read; it includes additional kids titles on the topic. Hope you don’t mind me sharing the link:
    http://therippleeffect2009.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/to-market-to-market-playing-shop-ngo/

    June 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Jen

      Thanks for sharing the link. I’ll be sure to check it out.

      Jen 🙂

      June 5, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Daniela

    Wow! One of the most simple and great idea ever!
    Thank you! @aznannies

    June 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    • Reply Jen

      Glad you like the ideas! Simple sometimes is the best, isn’t it?? Enjoy your day!

      Jen 🙂

      June 5, 2012 at 11:59 am
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