This week's adventure is a Grocery Shelf Scavenger Hunt. This activity teaches children about following directions, listening skills, letter/number/color recognition, and best of all about FOOD!
1. As you are shopping, challenge each child to find something on the shelf nearby.
2. Give clues like, "find a food in a blue box" or "find a food that is round".
3. Teach your child to ask questions if they are having trouble, for example: "Bobby, you look like you are having a hard time finding that food, I wonder if you could ask a question to get another clue?"
4. Always give your child praise when they bring back a food item. This activity is not meant to have a "winner", only to engage children in the process of selecting and purchasing food that will later be prepared and eaten.
When preparing new foods at home or when serving a meal, talk about how your child helped you shop. This will help to associate that new food with feelings of pride and success. Encourage children to explore the new foods, even if they are not quite ready to taste them.