Grocery Shopping With School-Age Kids
School-age children learn important lessons in nutrition while grocery shopping.
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Asking kids about how much six apples might weigh, then weigh the fruit to
see if they were close.
Ask kids to place 2 pounds worth of oranges in a bag for you.
Give older boys and girls the price per pound, and have them guess at the
total price. See how close they come at checkout.
Play "I Spy." When grocery shopping with older kids have
them play detective, searching out certain items for you, such as:
Cereal with at least 4 grams of fiber and fewer than 8 grams of sugar per
Pineapple canned in its own juice
Whole-grain bread that costs $2.50 a loaf or less
Branch Out. "Find a new fruit or vegetable, like a starfruit or
papaya or dried cherries or mango to try," Bissex recommends.
Have your child choose three different color apples and have a taste test at
home. Or purchase clementines instead of oranges for a different taste
Compare Costs. Food is pricey, and kids should be made aware of the
cost whenever possible. Have them:
Compare smaller and larger packages of foods such as cereal and crackers to
see what they think is the better value.
Compare the cost of national brands to store bought items for the best
price: store brands are not always cheaper.
Grocery Shopping With Kids: Know the Limits
It's OK to make it clear that you expect your kids to participate in the
important chore of grocery shopping, but there's no need to test the limits of
their (or your) patience.
"Just shop for groceries. Because kids tire easily, it can be too
overwhelming to do much else than spend an hour or so getting food," Altman
Grocery shopping with your kids is a skill best developed slowly. Remember,
trying to cram too much into one outing is no good for you either!