Grocery Store Theme for Preschool

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.

Grocery Store Learning Theme for preschool and kindergarten. Includes ideas for fine motor skills, pretend play, free printables, math and language activities, crafts, art projects, and more from The Homeschool Share blog

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!

Going to the Grocery Store Lapbook Printables for Preschool Grocery Store Learning Theme from Homeschool Share

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.

  1. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
  2. Don’t Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins
  3. Good Enough to Eat by Lizzy Rockwell
  4. Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki
  5. At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
  6. 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!

Free Printable Groceries for Pretend Play from Moms & 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 Can Labels for Grocery Store Pretend Play
  • 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.

FREE Grocery Store Pretend Play Printables from Homeschool Share

  • Print these Food Photo Cards from You Clever Monkey. Add them to your pretend play to create a print rich environment.

Add fruit and vegetables cards to your grocery store theme and create a print rich environment. (Cards from You Clever Monkey)

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.

Corn Painting Process Art Activity from Fun-a-Day

  • 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.
  • Make an easy sensory box with rice, beans, or dried pasta. Include some of your pots and pans for pretend cooking fun.
  • 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!

Growing Vegetable Soup Unit Study and Lapbook Printables from Homeschool Share


Follow Homeschool Share’s board Grocery Store Theme for Preschool on Pinterest.

Have an older student? Try Homeschool Share’s Cooking Unit and Lapbook!

Happy Grocery Store Learning!

This One Book.

Want to use Homeschool Share, but you don’t know where to start?

If you have preschool, kindergarten, or 1st grade students, you can simply get going with The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud**Some of the books are best suited for preschool

We have free unit studies and lapbooks for eighteen of the stories found in this one book! Each unit study provides 1-2 weeks of learning, depending on how many of the lessons you want to incorporate into your plans.

The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury + Homeschool Share

So, when you buy The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud, you potentially have enough material to last one semester or even an entire year! The book is a fantastic deal at just  $22.60, and the unit studies & lapbooks are FREE!

Here is an index so you can easily find the titles on site.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.**

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown**

The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats**

Freight Train by Donald Crews — See our Trains Lapbook Study which includes this book

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Curious George by H.A. Rey

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann**

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman

Free Kindergarten Printable Packs!

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Have you seen the Kindergarten Kits at Homeschool Share?

There are almost 20 different kid-friendly themes for you to choose from including Dino Dig, Fairy Tale, Forest Friends, Australian Animals, and many more!

Each kit includes a variety of skill based activities for your 4-6 year old: mazes, simple word finds, classifying animals, creating stories, counting games, measuring, simple addition, and phonics fun.

My son and I enjoyed so many kits this past school year! Some of our favorites were Monster Mash and Deep Blue Sea.

If you have little people in your homeschool, be sure to check them out and include them in your summer or  fall plans!