Thursday 19 May 2011


Montessori Activity: Grocery Shopping with Toddler (Part 2)

Inspired by Montessori Moments

Age: From 2 years old

1. To teach life skills.
2. To teach language skills.

1. Find a time when the supermarket is not super-crowded.

2. Together with your child, fetch the child's shopping cart (if not available, just use the shopping basket).

3. Ask your child to look for the items in the grocery list and tick them off after the items are found one-by-one.

1. When your child can read, or is learning to read, you can add the corresponding words into the grocery list.

2. Name the item with your child as you shop.

3. Let your child select some items off the display.

How to Make a Grocery List for Toddler?

Just download pictures from the web. For your convenience, you can download J's grocery list which I have made here.

Additional Information:
J has been helping me to do grocery shopping for some weeks now, and he is becoming very good at it. I will ask him to pick the item I name or if he can't reach it, I will pick the item and hand it to him to put into the shopping cart. He will then push the shopping cart, and following behind me, while I go on to pick other items. Grocery shopping so far has been very pleasant. I try to choose the time, when he is not hungry or sleepy.

I think it may be a good time for me now to introduce a grocery shopping list, which I learned from I have prepared the J's grocery list for him. Ideally, it should be a one page list, but I got carried away, and made a 4 pages grocery list!

I tried out the grocery list with J on 21.5.2011 (2Y2M15D). I placed the shopping list in the front of the shopping cart and asked J to look for one item on the list (oranges). He tried to do so, but I had to guide him along the way to where the oranges were placed, as the shopping market is very big. He enjoyed the grocery shopping as always, and I could feel that he felt very proud pushing the shopping cart all by himself, putting the packet of milk into the shopping cart and when he saw the oranges. unfortunately, my camera gave up on me half-way through, so I won't be able to take pictures from now on until we buy a new camera.


1 comment:

  1. You'll have to give us an update on if he enjoys it or not. My boys really love having it when we go to the store. :)


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