Grocery Aisle Bingo

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by Patrice on April 18, 2011 · 0 comments

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It’s hard to shop for groceries with a young child. You have to concentrate on getting all of the items on your list and stay within your budget. The single mom tries to figure out the most economical choices while still trying to keep her child from getting bored or disappearing down the next aisle. With a little creativity, you can turn the grocery shopping chore into a fun and educational game by playing Grocery Aisle Bingo.

There is a bit of preparation to do to get ready for the Bingo Game. This is a fun activity on its own. Gather flyers from the grocery stores that arrive with the newspaper or in the mail. You will also need a sheet of 8-1/2 by 11 paper, markers or pens, and paste or glue.

Make a bingo card for yourself as well as letting each child create one. Although this game is more geared to kids in first and second grades, younger ones will also be kept occupied during the grocery shopping session if they are allowed to play, too.

Fold the paper in half, and in half again. Repeating the folds until you have 16 squares.

Search the grocery store flyers for items that are sold by the dozen, by the gallon or even in a 5 pound bag. Cut them out and past each of them onto a square of the bingo card

Cut out the prices of items that are sold “3 items for $5”, “Buy one/Get 1 FREE” or other pricing incentive. Glue these onto the bingo card, also.

On your next shopping trip, watch out for items that match the items on the bingo card, and as each is spotted, mark the item with an “X”. Let the child be creative by explaining that just because the picture of a gallon of milk is on the card, it doesn’t have to be milk to be a match. A gallon of vinegar will match because it is a gallon. The same will hold true for weight. A 5 pound bag of flour spotted on the shelf can be used to cross off the picture of the 5 pound bag of sugar.

The first person to get all 4 items in a line or diagonal marked off of the bingo card is the winner.

This teaches more than just matching. The child is reading and understanding numbers, learning about how items are packaged and sold, and even the different pricing structures of items in a store.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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