Thursday, August 23, 2012

Toddler Fun Series: Playing Grocery Store

Rhys isn't actually a big fan of real grocery stores . . . he's the only child I've ever known who usually refuses to sit in a cart (even when we offer to let him sit in the big part of the cart!).  He does, however, like carrying things in bags, playing with rewards cards and using his calculator, so in the end this activity was a winner.  I set up a row of empty food boxes along our bench, gave Rhys a storage bin with wheels (it usually holds balls) to use as a cart, and pulled out a calculator (cash register), rewards card (credit card) and reusable grocery bag.  Rhys surprised me by wanting to be the cashier, rather than the shopper.  Other than the part where he tried to charge me $4,444 for some dried beans and crackers, I'd say this game went well.

Materials needed: empty food boxes, rewards card, calculator, reusable shopping bag, something to use as a cart or shopping basket.
Toddler time consumed: about half an hour, encompassing 7 or 8 shopping trips
Toddler approval rating: 8 out of 10 stars

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