Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grocery Store Games

I am really lucky.  Nearly every week my mother-in-law volunteers to come over for the morning and play with my two smaller boys so that I can go shopping alone.  I get so  much more done without having to load everyone in and out of the car and keep them happy at the store!  Of course on those days that I do need to bring my boys along they are usually pretty good.  Occasionally, I remember to do something beforehand to keep them busy while we're there.

 I try to make a quick list of things from my list . . . things that I can draw (I am not an artist).  The boys love having their own list and it keeps them busy looking for items instead of bugging their brothers.

If I do forget to make a list (which is usually the case) I have them look anyway.  We play the "can-you-help-me-find-the-______" game.  It keeps them distracted from how long the shopping is taking.

And if you have kiddos that know their letters you could always have them go on an alphabet hunt--either looking things that begin with a certain letter (ie: find something that starts with 'b'--banana, beans, bacon, etc) or you could have them play the alphabet game finding every letter of the alphabet on signs, labels, etc.

These games have kept some of our shopping trips a little more sane!  What tricks do you have up your sleeve for shopping trips that get a little hairy?


  1. Fabulous ideas....I might link this to my blog today because one of the things I was going to talk about was how Lallie is now picking out things she wants and throwing tantrums when I say no....I need distractions!

  2. I hope some these distractions help! Another trick... My boys know I use coupons and buy things on sale... So when they ask for something I just let them know it's not on sale (or not "sale" enough for me to get it!)

  3. Our grocery store is about 1 hour away, so it is a 2 week event (potential nightmare). My two little ones are actually pretty good (my husband is more trouble b/c he hates shopping).
    Sometimes I use suckers to keep them quiet. I also let the 3 year old pick out a cereal to eat after his fiber one each morning. I also talk to them a ton about random things we see or experience at the store. Talking keeps them distracted, but probably makes the trip longer because I get distracted too. ;)

  4. I love these great tips :) Bringing simple play to your mundane errands! hehe.

    I would love for you link this post up to our new party today - It's Playtime!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  5. Thanks so much for stopping over and linking up all your great posts to It's Playtime this week!

    I hope to see more of your ideas next Thursday too!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  6. I use to do the same!!! It is a great way to get the kids "in on the act" when it helps you get through the trip that much faster/easier. Great ideas!

    Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Fridays!