Last week while doing my grocery shopping, I noticed a Dad with his two primary aged children doing their grocery shopping. The son was reading out aloud the list from his smart phone, the daughter was pushing the trolley and the Dad was looking for those ingredients.
Shopping does not have to be a chore – it can be fun.
A few ideas that would be fun with your children:
- Let your children decide what to have for dinner.
- Get them to research the ingredients by going through the recipe.
- Check whether there are any existing ingredients in the pantry or the fridge.
- Create a shopping list together – whether on paper or via the smart phone.
- Plan a grocery shopping day with the children.
What’s the advantages?
- Gives your children the opportunity to take responsibility of what to prepare for dinner.
- Discussing recipes and dishes is a fantastic way to create connections
- Allows some quality time for the Dad (or the parent with least time with the children) to spend time doing something together with the kids.
- Accomplishes a goal together.
- Empowers your children to learn about ingredients, quantity of ingredients that they need to purchase, and budgeting/costs.
Would love to hear from you whether you have done this before? And what other suggestions you would like to share?