Want to make sure you raise a money-savvy kid? Start him out right with this activity that hides valuable math skills within a fun grocery store game. An added possible benefit of this game? It may encourage your child to join you on your next grocery pickup!
What You Do:
- Explain to your child that you will be the grocer and he will be the shopper.
- Lay out the small objects on the table. Objects can be anything from toys to clothes to food.
- Have your child help you make little paper tents out of the construction paper. (The simplest tent? Just a regular sheet of paper folded in half.)
- Write a price on each paper tent. Try to keep prices varied, but only as complicated as you think your child can handle.
- Group the items together and place a price tag in front of them. For example, all the 5 cent items should be in one group. All the $1 items are in one group and so on.
- Give your child a purse or baggie with some cash. If he has a wallet, this would be a good opportunity to use it.
- He can "buy" a number of things from you. But before you accept his money, ask him to tally up how much he owes you.
- If he gives you more than he owes, give him back change and ask him to count it.
- Continue to let him buy things until he runs out of money.
- Now let your child be the grocer. Have him organize the items by price on the table.
- Set him up with some coins and a couple of bills so that he can give you change.
- Go "buy" a couple items and pay him for them.
- If you want to challenge him, give him an incorrect amount of money and see how he handles it.
After a couple rounds of this grocery game, he will be ready to shop at a real store!