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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.

Supermarket challenge

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.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Choose a letter of the alphabet, then ask your child to write down a food, an animal, a name, and a place that begins with this letter.

Play ‘guess what happens next’ when reading stories together. Kids have a great imagination, and it’s amazing what they can think up!

Writing a list can be a great way for kids to use their imagination. Ask your child what they’d pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?