This game can help entertain your child while you’re out shopping together.
Your shopping trip can be a chance to help your child learn new words and objects.
Show your child a picture of the item you need, then search for it together in the shop. Help them describe the item – what is it, what colour is it, what’s it for?
Walk with your child and give them time to look at the shelves. Ask them questions like “Is this it?” Praise them when they find the item.
Talk to them about what the item is for, like “We’ll eat this cereal for breakfast”.
If you’re making a meal, you can tell them about the recipe and why you need the item. For example: “We need tomatoes next so we can make our spaghetti tonight.”
Encourage them to read what’s on the packet or describe the item with you. “What colour are tomatoes?”
Before you set off, you can also make a shopping list together. This helps your child learn about different foods.
You can also get them looking at numbers and thinking about money by talking about how much things cost.
Good to know
Pointing out logos and signs is a form of reading. It helps children understand words have a purpose.