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Shopping with a pre-schooler

I have found a few great ways to occupy the pre-kindergartener while grocery shopping and the best thing is that I can teach her something, too. I thought I'd pass it along in case other harried moms haven't learned this trick. Of course, it took me three kids to get to this point, but hey, I got it eventually.

I always make a shopping list and Little Bit loves to cross off the items as we find them. We have graduated to her finding the word on the list. For instance, we find the milk and then she has to find the word on the list. So, she has to sound out the first letter and determine that it is M and then we try to sound out the rest of the word for her to figure out which word on the list is milk. Some things are harder than others, but she typically figures it out pretty quickly.

I learned a tip from Army of Dad to keep the kids from asking for sweets and junk that isn't on the list. When he would take them shopping when they were little, if they asked for something like Oreos or whatever, he would look at the list and say "Nope, not on here, so we can't get it. " It actually worked, too. Impressive.

I found that letting her hold the list and scratch off the items also frees my hands and keeps her occupied. I'm so going to miss that little bugger in the fall when she's in school all day. *sigh*


  • At 9:53 AM, March 05, 2008, Blogger Melessa Gregg said…

    This rocks! I've only got one pre-k kid left (sniff), but she drives me nuts at the store and she will love this!

  • At 2:38 PM, March 05, 2008, Blogger Kelly said…

    I've done that with my boy when he was little. Of course, he'd get angry if I'd stray off the list, which meant that I had to indulge in some form of cookie/ice cream to keep him from telling! LOL

    His OCD is just like me, and little things like "something not on the list" irritates him to no end!

  • At 7:31 AM, March 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG your hubby actually sticks to the list? How did you do that? Glenn is the one I have to worry about more than the boys. If I send him to the store, he comes back with ice cream, and candy bars, etc.
    His excuse is "Oh, well, they were on sale...", (but, if they were on sale and we needed them, they would have been on my list.)sigh** men... Dion

  • At 8:00 AM, March 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If/when I deviate from a list it isn't for junk food. I might see some nice fruit or veggies on sale and snap them up or grab some nice looking pork chops, but that is about it.

  • At 1:48 PM, March 08, 2008, Blogger Submariner said…

    Only time I got in trouble was when I picked up a check out girl that wasn't on the list. The wife made me take her back... ;-)


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