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.
Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?
If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.
Play ‘guess what happens next’ when reading stories together. Kids have a great imagination, and it’s amazing what they can think up!