Let’s Go Shopping

(for ages 5+)


  • Grocery store flyer
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Glue or tape
  • Calculator
  • Money

Recipe for Playful Learning!

STEP 1: Have kids sit with you at the table to make a shopping list. As you read off your items, ask them to find each item in the store circular. Depending on their age, they can cut out the item’s picture and glue or tape it to paper OR they can create their own list by writing down items that they want to shop for! Use this opportunity to teach spelling for some shopping list items.

STEP 2: Before you leave for the store, ask your child to estimate the total cost (in dollars and cents) for everything on the list.

STEP 3: Make sure they brings their shopping list with them (picture or written) and, if age appropriate, as you put items into the cart, remind them to write down the cost next to each item.

STEP 4: When shopping for fruits and vegetables, take the opportunity to use the produce scale. Tell your kids how many pounds of produce you wish to purchase and have them estimate how many pieces of each fruit or vegetable you will need to get to the desired weight on the scale.

STEP 5: Before you check out, let your child examine the full cart and estimate how many bags it will take to pack all the items. Use this opportunity to discuss the different weights of various items.

STEP 6: When you’re home and all the groceries are put away, provide a copy of the receipt so your kids can check off each item and see how close to the total amount they were.

Age Modifications:

  • Share your grocery budget with your child. Ask your child to subtract their estimated total from your budget. If the estimation is under budget, ask how much money will be left over. If the estimation is over budget, ask your child to help figure out which items to remove from the list.

  • Sit down with your kids and the sales flyer. Give them an assortment of coins and bills to work with. Then, pick a few items in the flyer and ask them to show you the money needed to purchase the items.

  • Provide older children with manufacturer coupons, the store circular, and a calculator. Ask them to figure out how much certain items would cost if you used the coupons.

Skills to Practice: Math, Estimation, Financial Skills, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Critical Thinking, Collaboration