How to work successfully with your child
Mrs. Havercroft shares her advice.
This communication activity is excellent for language development and improving vocabulary. Your child can practice fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination and visual processing. Sometimes the simplest lessons are the most valuable!
Firstly it’s important to note that this is not an activity to be undertaken alongside the big weekly shop! Set aside sometime at the weekend or on a half term break and shop for a particular recipe. Not only will it feel more like a project for your child, your sanity will also be preserved!
A piece of paper
Felt tip pens or crayons
Scissors and glue
I used to do this activity with my grandsons using a whiteboard and dry wipe markers. While it was great to have the firm support of the whiteboard, in practice, often by the time we got to the supermarket most of our carefully crafted list had been erased. Whoops!
Use a clipboard!
Decide on your list and discuss the items. This is a fantastic opportunity to talk about healthy eating and fuelling the body well for work and play!
Depending on the age and competency of your little one (and your energy levels!) they can draw the relevant pictures or cut out images of the food items and stick them down. Keep the list manageable, we recommend a maximum of 10 items.
Older children should have a go at writing the word alongside the picture. Even the beginning sound is a great start! For very little ones keep it a purely visual list.
At the supermarket:
Keep up a running commentary while encouraging your child to take the lead whenever possible. Tick off items as you go and tackle the checkout together!
Back at home:
It’s important to unpack the items together. Discuss what you’ve bought, and let them learn their way around the kitchen.
Sort your items by colour, size or shape.
If you made a shopping list for a recipe, then the obvious thing to do is to make it together! There’s so much engagement and learning to be had in a cooking session. Not only is it a great bonding opportunity, it also builds self-esteem and develops early maths, reading and science skills.
If you were brave and decided on cooking a meal together, then take it up a notch and design a menu which can go on the table. Creativity unleashed!