Shopping List


Make your own grocery list for shopping

Materials Required

  1. Pencils, crayons or textas
  2. Notepad or piece of paper.
  3. Brochures or catalogues (optional)


Prepare the writing implements and paper

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Talk to your child about going to the supermarket today.
  2. Ask your child what they would like to have for dinner.
  3. Talk to your child about how you will make a list to take with you to the shops.
  4. Encourage your child to draw the items on the list.
  5. You can also write the name of the items beside the drawing.
  6. Allow your child to decorate the list.
  7. If you have any brochures from supermarkets you can browse through them with your child

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • Food categories and food groups: fruit, vegetables, chicken, beef, lamb, dairy, pantry etc.
  • “Sometimes food”
  • “Always food” (Food that is healthy and good for you)
  • Shopping list
  • Money – talk about the different types and amounts

Extend the Experience

  • Encourage your child to help you pay at the shops.
  • Encourage your child to put the food away when you return.
  • Sort shopping into food groups/categories.

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

Writing the list is a quiet activity but, going shopping will require your child to be physically active.

Early Years Learning Framework


  1. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
  2. Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  3. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect


Principle 3: High expectations and equity. Children progress well when they, their parents and educators hold high expectations for their achievement in learning.


Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.

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