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Activities for Toddlers - Shopping Cart [From: Toddlers]
HELPING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD
Shopping Cart

Shopping for groceries is just one of many daily routines that you can use to help your child learn. Shopping is especially good for teaching your child new words and for introducing him to new people and places.

What You Need

  • A grocery shopping list
What To Do
  • Pick a time when neither you nor your child is hungry or tired.

  • At the grocery store, put your child in the grocery cart so that he faces you. Take your time as you walk up and down the aisles.

  • Let your child feel the items that you buy-a cold carton of milk, for example or the skin of an orange. Talk to your child about the items: "The skin of the orange is rough and bumpy. Here, you feel it."

  • Be sure to name the objects that you see on shelves and talk about what you are seeing and doing: "First, we're going to buy some cereal. See, it's in a big red and blue box. Listen to the great noise it makes when I shake the box. Can you shake the box? Now we're going to pay for the groceries. We'll put them on the counter while I get out the money. The cashier will tell us how much we have to pay."

  • Encourage your child to practice saying "hi" and "bye-bye" to clerks and other shoppers.

  • Leave for home before your child gets tired or grumpy.

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Helping Your Preschool Child
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