Buy groceries together
You will need:
• Paper and pen or pencil to make a shopping list
• Involve your child in making a shopping list of what you need to buy
• When you are at the supermarket, ask your child to find some of the items on your list
You can also:
• Use the supermarket flyers to look for specials of the items you will need
• Use mathematical language, such as big or small, numbers of, low, middle or high shelf, left or right, front or back, patterns, colours and shapes
• Look for symbols and letters
• Make a game out of the experience – ‘I spy with my little eye…’
• Look for items that begin with the same letter as your child’s name
• Make it a treat to take just one child with you
• Go shopping at your local garden store for punnets of vegies, flower seedlings or herbs for about $1 each (and then have fun planting them together and watching them grow)
Did you know:
You can say no!!
It is best not to go shopping when your child is tired and hungry (or you are!).
What your child is learning:
• Knowledge about the wider world, such as the supermarket, where food comes from, money etc.
• Roles and responsibilities
• Making choices and decisions
• Vocabulary such as: enough or not enough, how many, later, next, empty, full, frozen, fresh etc.
• Processes such as planning and then doing
• Helping skills