Using the grocery store as a learning center may take just a few extra minutes and even a few extra deep breaths but just think of it as multi-tasking. You’re shopping and teaching at the same time. Both are on your “to do” list.
Teachable moments in the grocery store for preschoolers:
Preschoolers are learning about colors and counting as well as expanding their vocabulary. The produce department offers a chance to review all of these. The names of fruits and vegetables as well as their colors and the number of each that you need this week will provide opportunities for learning.
Phonics abound in the produce department. You don’t have to purchase a Ugli fruit to point it out to your preschoolers and show them the name that starts with “u” and what it looks like. Do they have any idea why it’s called the Ugli fruit? I’ll bet they do.
Preschoolers are also learning to recognize numbers and every aisle offers an opportunity to read the number of the aisle. It may seem simple but knowing where you are using symbols is the beginning of basic map skills as well.
Preschoolers are also learning to categorize objects and recognize letters. Whether you’re buying any today or not be sure to point out and talk about categories like “herbs” and the letters on signs like “soup.”
Continue the learning at the dinner table with these fun ideas for eating your way through the alphabet.