Are you overwhelmed trying to decide which themes to do with your preschooler? Bears? Beach? Butterflies?
Consider trying a Grocery Store Theme–it will connect real life to real learning! We have made your life a little easier, too, by compiling amazing ideas right here in one post.
Your first stop should be Homeschool Share to grab the Going to the Grocery Store Lapbook. It includes grocery store themed activities to help your child learn about shapes, colors, money, healthy eating, food groups, sorting, tracing, cutting, and more!
Stock Your Book Basket
Next find some good literature to include in your study. Here are our top six grocery store themed picture book picks for you.
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
- Don’t Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins
- Good Enough to Eat by Lizzy Rockwell
- Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki
- At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
- Shopping with Dad by Matt Harvey
Put Together a Pretend Play Grocery Store
You can easily put together a dramatic play grocery store for your students. Shop through the list below; all the printables are free!
- Printable Groceries for Pretend Play
Adorable paper play food to print and assemble from Moms and Crafters
- Printable Can Labels
Print Can labels at Pre-K Pages. This post also includes printable bar codes, an idea for pretend play Parmesan cheese, and more!
- Printable Grocery Store Signs and Name Badges
Find these printables here on the Homeschool Share Blog. The free download includes: Open Sign, Closed Sign, and Store Hours Sign, and Name Badges.
- Print these Food Photo Cards from You Clever Monkey. Add them to your pretend play to create a print rich environment.
More Grocery Store Learning Fun
- A fun art activity for your grocery store theme would be Corn Painting. Head over to Fun-A-Day to find the instructions for this process art activity.
- Have your student cut coupons from the newspaper to boost fine motor skills.
- Get two copies of the same coupons and make a memory matching game for your student to play.
- Create pretend play food with Play-doh.
- If you go to the grocery store, keep your child entertained with this Grocery Store Alphabet Search from Kitchen Floor Crafts.
- Make prints with fruit and veggie stampers.
- Make an easy sensory box with rice, beans, or dried pasta. Include some of your pots and pans for pretend cooking fun.
- Craft a hanging citrus fruit with these instructions found at Buggy and Buddy.
- Put together a Nutrition Sensory Bin. The Chaos and the Clutter blog has simple instructions for this box along with ideas for teaching your child nutrition concepts.
- Your preschooler can help wash the fruits and vegetables you buy this week.
- Build a tall tower out of empty pasta and cereal boxes!
- Learn even more about vegetables and nutrition with our Growing Vegetable Soup Unit.
- Stock your grocery store with empty cereal, cracker, and frozen food boxes.
- Check out our Grocery Store Theme Pinterest Board.
Have an older student? Try Homeschool Share’s Cooking Unit and Lapbook!
Happy Grocery Store Learning!