Posted on April 12, 2020

Grocery Heroes

💡Skills: Pretend play helps your child understand and process information. Games like this also help children practice fine motor, math, and language skills. 


The people who help us get the food we need to eat to stay healthy are heroes! Play with your child to explore how food gets onto grocery store shelves, how people find what they need, and how they pay for their food.





☑Cardboard Boxes 

Printable (optional)

Set Up 

Here’s how to explain this activity to your child:

  • Let’s create our own pretend grocery store to learn more about the community heroes who work in grocery stores and help all of us get the food we eat.
  • First, let’s fill our store by drawing foods on paper and then cutting them out. (If you have toy food, use what you have!)
  • Next, let’s set up our store on a table or on the floor. We can use some old boxes or other supplies from around home to display the food in our store. If we want, we can make price tags. How much is this bread? The apples? The milk?
  • Now, I’ll come and shop. Can you help me find the food on my grocery list?
  • Let’s switch. I’ll work at the store and you can be my customer.

Pro Tip:

To simplify this activity for younger kids, go “shopping” in your kitchen together, and pretend to pick one or two items to “buy.” For kids who need a challenge, make pretend money to use to “pay” for the items you buy.

Extend the Learning

Sing the supermarket song with Team Umizoomi, watch Chris O’Dowd read “Arnie the Doughnut” about a tasty treat on Storyline Online, and print to play our supermarket board game!

Words to Use 

  • Grocery store – place where you buy food
  • Shelves – places where different things (like food or books) are put in stores or homes
  • Price tag – shows how much something costs 
  • Customer – someone who buys something
  • Grocery list – where you write down what you need to buy
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