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Collect grocery store advertising circulars and grocery ads from newspapers. Invite your children to cut or tear food pictures out of the ads. Then have them brush glue on pieces of construction paper and arrange the pictures on top of the glue to create collages. Use the collages to make a wall display, if you wish.
Set out a variety of clean, empty food containers, such as egg cartons, cereal boxes, chips packages, yogurt tubs, and milk cartons. Also set out such materials as posterboard squares, brown paper bags, glue, tape, yarn pieces, and scissors. Then let your children work alone or with partners to use the containers to make grocery store stabiles or other unique creations. Display their finished work around your room.
Use grocery store advertising circulars or other sources to find coupons for the following activities.
Coupon Match: Select five or more matching pairs of coupons. Mix them up and place them in a pile. Invite your children to search through the coupons and find the match-ups.
Coupon & Product Match: Set out several coupons for different canned products along with the actual canned items. Let the children match the coupons to the canned goods.
Coupon Holders: For a fun gift, have the children decorate letter-size envelopes by rubber-stamping on prints of fruits and veggies. Write “Coupons” on the envelopes over the prints. Then slip a grocery coupon into each envelope and encourage the children to give their gifts to the food shoppers in their families.

Set out small and large clean, empty containers of such items as canned veggies, boxed cereals, milk cartons, and yogurt tubs. (Make sure any sharp edges around the can rims are removed.) Talk about the sizes of the items. Then mix up the items and ask your children to find the small-size yogurt, the large-size can of corn, and so forth. Encourage them to divide the items into two groups: small sizes and large sizes.

Set out five or more grocery items and discuss them with your group. Choose one child to be the Shopper and have the other children close their eyes. Let the Shopper choose one grocery item and put it in a brown paper bag. When the other children open their eyes, have them try to guess which item the Shopper “bought” to put in the bag. Let the first child to guess correctly be the Shopper for the next round of the game. Continue until everyone has had a turn.

Set up a Grocery Store Play Center using materials such as those below. Let your children take turns being grocery store workers and shoppers.
Empty food containers, such as cereal boxes, milk cartons, egg cartons, yogurt tubs, and soup cans (with labels attached and sharp edges removed)
Plastic fruits and veggies or sturdy produce, such as oranges and potatoes
Play money
Brown paper bags
Shopping baskets


Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Let’s go to the grocery store,
Grocery store, grocery store.
Let’s go to the grocery store
To get some food to eat.

We’ll buy bread and eggs and milk,
Eggs and milk, eggs and milk.
We’ll buy bread and eggs and milk
And ice cream for a treat
Heather McPhail

Repeat the song, letting your children name other foods to buy at the grocery store.
Let your children decide on an appropriate snack they would like to have. Talk about the ingredients needed, and ask the children to help you write a shopping list. Take the list when you go to the store. When you bring in the grocery items, let the children help you check them off the list as you unload them. Then let the children use the items to help make their chosen snack.