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There’s lots of simple ways to be able to teach kids using everyday items around the house. Kids can learn lots of things from simply going through the items in your grocery bag. Household Math Games
What We Learn
With this activity, children will learn numbers by counting quantities of similar products or the total number of products. Kids will use their sorting skills by classifying different items according to their attributes. Finally, they’ll also develop their language skills as they hear and use words to describe the items around the house.
Supply List
Various grocery items, such as:
Cereal boxes
Milk containers
Juice bottles
Water bottles
Cans of food
Boxes of crackers of different shapes and sizes
Pancake mix boxes
Salad dressing bottles
Tissue boxes
How-To
After you’ve come back from the grocery store, leave your non-refrigerated items in grocery bags for the children to be able to start exploring. You can also use items that you already have in your cupboard and place them in grocery bags. You can even save empty cereal boxes or milk containers throughout the week to use later during this activity.

There’s no structured way to completing this activity. Simply begin by asking the children to take out the items from the grocery bag and count how many different items are in the bag.

Next, you could ask them to sort the items, by telling them to count how many items come in a red box. And encourage them to sort these items by size, from biggest to smallest.

If you have five cans of soup, you can ask the children which item do you have five of? Or you could ask the kids which items have a round surface? Which items are rectangular? There’s really no limit to the direction of questions you can ask. What’s important is to listen to the children, get them involved in using their language skills, and get them thinking so they use their counting and sorting skills.

You can hold young infants during this activity so they can still be a part of the learning experience. Pay careful attention to their response and to the cues they give about how they feel during this activity. It’s important for infants to hear the names of the different grocery items. Older infants can be guided through the activity with adult help, but they shouldn’t be allowed to participate by themselves.

For children with learning differences, you should gauge when and how much to involve them in this activity based on their abilities. The number of items can be limited or increased as necessary to insure success.
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