Here are some ideas:
- On the way to the grocery store, create a memory game like “we are going to Publix and we are going to buy a huge piece of bread that can take us to the beach.” Make your descriptions really silly and elaborate, adding more items to the list and see what they can remember.
- Give them their own shopping list with pictures and give them clues on where they can find the items.
- You could play, “I Spy.” “I spy a red fruit that is round and juicy.” “Do you see it?”
- Have them help you take the items out of the cart or let them help you put the items away when you get home. You can even go as far as sorting the items by type or size depending on the age of your child.
Things to Remember: The grocery store is a rich resource for teaching descriptive words, reading, numbers, math, and memory skills. It might take a little longer with the wee ones in tow, but you are accomplishing so much more than shopping.