I read about this idea in the Parenting Magazine back when J was a baby and finally tried it out. If I remember correctly the original idea was to print and cut out various pictures of products needed at the grocery store. Place them in a bag and have your child choose one picture, search it out together in the store and when found place the picture in a second bag to mark as completed. I changed this a bit since #1, I was in a rush and didn’t have time to cut out the pictures and #2, I imagined J simply playing with and losing the pics around the store.
Instead I just printed out a list of products we needed at the store, with both the written word and the pictures. I only put a few items on the list because I didn’t expect him to stick with me through my actual list. I explained to J before leaving the house what the list was and he seemed excited. He held his list all the way to the store, all ready to help! It worked really well. I listed the items in the order that I knew we would come upon them while shopping, giving me time to get the other productsI needed in between. I showed him how to cross off each item as we placed it in the basket and then how to find out the next item needed.
Age attempted: 26 months
Try Again: yes, but I will bring a clib board next time since it was rather difficult for him to cross off the items in the cart
For older kids: remove the pictures to allow for practice reading; add quantities to the list