JDaniel’s Mom had a great guest post from when I was on maternity leave, it was brilliant.   She used colored paint chips and had a color hunt grocery game that she did with her preschooler, Daniel.   We adapted it slightly last week when we were at the new Save-A-Lot that opened in Grand Prairie, TX.   Many thanks to LeeAnn, from Mommy’s Wishlist, for joining in our game (and mostly helping to keep me sane, Baby K was pretty cranky!).   The kids each picked a color from our paint chip collection and would tell me when they found an object that matched their color. . Save-a-lot also had a game idea that they had some local kids play (not mine as much as the Quirky Kids wanted to, the photo is staged).   Basically, the store made cards of typical items to put into a family’s cart.   Then local kids raced to see who could fill their carts up with the items first.   I could easily see this game being adapted for a family.   I might just print pictures of the items we are shopping for and have my kiddos fill the cart for us next time we are out! . . .

How you enter for a chance to receive 100$ worth of groceries at a Save-A-Lot Grocery store near you:

  • Leave your tip on how you wrangle your preschoolers while shopping
  • Tell someone about this giveaway!     There is no limit to the number of entries you can make with this option – be sure to link to me so I can find it.
  • Go join my friend Alyssa in her challenge of generosity and thanksgiving, 30-Day Giving Challenge.   Be sure to tell me how your following!
  • …and of course follow QM on Facebook, twitter or wherever else you can find me.
. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.   Winner will be chosen randomly next week. . Disclosure:   For my participation in this post, I got to meet Julie (a super sweet PR gal!) and get a cart of groceries.   The kids enjoyed eating their Oreos!   Thanks Save-a-Lot!

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  2. Well, by far the best way I had to keep the little ones happy and behaved was to turn the whole thing into a big game.
    For instance, finding the color or shape or what do we do with this when we get it home?
    when the kids were a little older I would stand at one end of the aisle and tell them to find cheerios (or whatever)…off they went like it was a treasure hunt.
    I also used bribes(I know,I know).
    Like 4 M&Ms at the end of each aisle.
    I really really miss those days!

    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

  3. Found you on facebook as well. I also am following you through blog frog now. I look forward to reading these posts, they will help with the grandson

  4. Greetings! My kids are all past preschool age, but now I’m caring for my 21month old grandson. I think over the years I’ve almost mastered shopping with little ones. It’s become a happy learning adventure instead of a stressful event, but that took a lot of learning on my part.

    For one, get yourself organized, if you use coupons or a list etc, make sure you have that all situated before you ever head in. Also check your own attitude, make sure you’re calm and even energetic and ‘happy’ I know that sounds silly but little ones pick up your feelings and respond to them. If they feel you’re nervous or dreading this shopping trip, they will behave more poorly.

    We have been using ‘games’ with our kids forever, whether it is naming items, hunting for a certain thing, or matching coupons. (this is easier than you think…at 21m my grandson can match cereal photos on a coupon)

    I also believe in a reward for great behavior, but what I did not and do not do, is reward in the line. Don’t teach your kids that all those wonderful sweets or toys at the check outs are their reward. I treat after we leave the store. Either by giving a snack out of the groceries or by stopping for a drink etc.

    Also I think watching how you term things is good, don’t thank them for being “GOOD”, thank them for helping

    Geesh I talked a lot, sorry. I find these days that shopping is actually fun with the grandson.

  5. We follow you on facebook now. Well I do, our blog is however about both of us!
    This giveaaway is GREAT and I would love to win.
    Thanks for sharing on BF.