Little ones can begin to help with grocery shopping, which makes it a more enjoyable outing for everyone.
1.Time trips for when everyone, including mom, is well rested and fed
2.Have a list
3.Make a list in the general order of your store. This will save time and increase your odds of escaping the store with out a meltdown
Tiny Toddlers and Up:
- can help put fruit and veggies in bags and count with you for a little number practice.
- will enjoy holding things that you pull off the shelf. Limit this to non-breakable items and those not in a plastic bag
- but otherwise, allow your child to hold a heavy can or shake the box of cereal. Our rule is that when they are done they should hand it to mom and say "all done!" and I am in charge of putting it in the cart.
- will feel more involved if you talk to them, read the list, and invite them to help you look for things. Ex: "We're looking for ketchup...do you see a red bottle anywhere?"
Twos & Up:
- will be interested in helping to make the list beforehand. During breakfast, sit down with your list and pen and include them. "What would you like to eat this week?" "What kinds of fruit should we put on the list?"
- mention these things to them as you search at the store and put them in the cart
- can use their own shopping carts at stores such as Trader Joes and Kowalski's. This is best done with a smaller list. Discuss beforehand any rules, ex. stay near mom. walk when you push the cart.
- can be given their own mini-shopping lists with pictures and words to reference and help find things in the store. This will take a little work on your part, but the list can include things you buy every week like milk, yogurt, bread and therefore be reprinted and reused week after week.
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