During our morning snack I always ask the kids a question. Last week I asked them what they like to do with mommy and my son quickly said shopping! Oh how I wish he meant clothing shopping because that would just be a dream, sadly no! He meant grocery shopping, still delightful! He had run to the store with me the evening before and was able to use one of the little shopping carts they have for kids (our regular store doesn't have these) he helped get everything we needed and didn't complain when I denied his request for every Easter candy on the shelf. So when checking out he spotted a train magazine and sweetly said "please mommy" I melted and said yes!
So after he announces to the circle that he likes shopping they all start saying "I go shopping" and this leads into all the things that they are "allowed" to get when they go. A competition starts everyone shouting out "ICE CREAM" "JELLY BEANS" "TOYS" clearly all things they are dreaming of shopping for.
To stear them back in the right/healthy/realistic direction I made a little shopping set for them.
I just made a list with pictures of each of the foods that we have in our wooden set and the corresponding words below.
They come to me with their list and need to find the right foods, and figure out how much money each one cost. They are using little shopping bags and struggle to resist the urge to fill the entire bag with everything on the shelf.