To teach my 8-year-old some supermarket basics, I introduced a fun challenge that I called "Operation: Food Shopping." His mission was to become a "food detective."
Step 1: Establish motive. We planned a meal, identifying the recipe we would use.
Step 2: Gather the facts. I explained that our grocery list should include the ingredients needed to prepare the meal, and my son wrote out the items needed for his recipe.
Step 3: Enter the scene, looking for clues. We explored the grocery store together. I explained the layout, noting that produce and refrigerated and frozen foods are usually located at the perimeter of the store. We discussed aisles and aisle numbers, and my son noticed how similar items were grouped together.
Step 4: Solve the case. He loaded his groceries on the conveyor belt and paid the cashier for his purchase. We then headed home to prepare his meal together!
This article appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of
Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Tahisha Richards.
Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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