At the shops
Doing the food shopping doesn’t have to be boring – honestly. Here are some quick ideas to help you keep your child occupied, and get your groceries done all at the same time – sorted.
Why not turn a search for the items you need into a ‘treasure’ hunt!Try it out: Tell your child what you’re looking for, then when they find the item you can read the name and check the price together.
Read the packets
Spot things that begin with the same sounds.Try it out: Picking out a can or food packet, and helping your child read the label is a fun way for them to read while they’re out and about with you. After sounding out the first letter, they could then look for other items that begin with the same letter - like milk, margarine, and marmalade.
Spot the signs
Have a go at reading the signs above the aisles.Try it out: First, you can tell your children what item you’re looking for - then ask them to read the signs above the aisles to work out where to find it. Once you’ve got the right aisle, for the final part of the puzzle they can help you spot the item and tell you how much it costs.
Try breakfast by numbers, using your morning cereal packs to count the number of words beginning with the same letter. Or, for fun, you could try and find rhyming words together.
Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.
Pick somewhere your child goes to a lot – like their school, or the park, or a shop – and ask them to write down directions for how to get there from your home.