Every day activities like shopping and chores are hardly something to cheer about. As adults it can be difficult to feign enthusiasm when completing such tasks so how can we expect our littles to be well behaved angels while perusing aisles and aisles of things that can be eaten and or broken?
Fortunately it seems as though my child is a natural born shopper and anytime she gets to swipe the credit card is play time for her. That being said, the grocery store is like a gigantic playground as far as she's concerned. Shelves become rock walls, oranges become bouncy balls, and anything glass needs to be shaken before it's pitched to the floor. Can you say clean up aisle five?
Anything within her reach simply must come home with us. One time we bought dog food....
We don't own a dog.
Juliette is a helper, well as much of a helper as a two year old can be. She is also incredibly independent and doesn't see the purpose in being confined to a cart when there are things to be discovered. Who does?
I too am a fan of independence and well of course education. Within reason that is. I recently found a way to educate my darling daughter while keeping her sticky fingers occupied and making her feel like part of the grocery shopping experience.
I created a grocery list with familiar items, their names, and a picture. She loves to go around the store, find the needed items, and check them off her list with her very own marker.
I originally printed each grocery list as we went but now I have created flash cards for our most frequently bought items and just grab the ones we need for that particular trip. Clip Art provided the photos and I used plain index cards for each item.
Now when we get to the checkout all we hear from Juliette is "Credit Please!" rather than desperate pleas to go home.
Efficient for me, and fun for my daughter. Just the way we like it!