7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

 

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

How to Keep a Toddler Entertained While Shopping

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Being able to shop online for your groceries is awesome! All you have to do is find a few minutes to sit down at the computer (or your phone) add all the things you need to your list and pick your pick up time! Then, you drive to the store, and THEY load it for you!

It’s amazing!

But sometimes you need something NOW and can’t do that. Then what? How do you keep your toddlers entertained at the grocery store? Here are 7 ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store

7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

Bring Snacks

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7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

Bring snacks! Let’s be honest, kids love to eat, even if they just ate!

Having snacks on hand is a must! I mean kids see shelves and shelves of food and naturally, they are now soooooo hungry! So keeping snacks in your purse or diaper bag will save you from buying food you don’t really need just to keep them from telling you they are hungry every 5 seconds.

Sometimes kids don’t want the snack you have because they always have it. So another trick is to have a special snack that they only get to eat in the store. Maybe they can only eat fruit snacks or granola bars while grocery shopping. By doing this your kids will actually be excited about shopping because they get a special snack!

7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

If you forget a snack, a lot of the bigger store give free cookies at the bakery so stop by and see if they do! My kids know that as soon as we finish in the produce section we head to the bakery for our free cookie and they munch on that for the next several hours!

Special Toys

I am going to let you in on a secret, I have special toys in my purse that only come out when necessary, and at the grocery store it is totally necessary. My kids love to play with these toys because they only get them every once in a while. To them, it is like Christmas morning! It is a win-win for everyone!

If your kid likes to play dress up they could have a special outfit that they get to wear only at the store. Or bring a purse specifically for your daughter that has play makeup, a wallet with fake money, and a play phone. Anything that your child doesn’t get to play with on a regular basis will keep them entertained at the store because it’s like playing with a new toy all over again!

Put Food in the Cart

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

Toddlers LOVE to help. Since they are so willing (most of the time) to help, let them help! Tell them what you need and have them put it in the cart. They will LOVE that they are a “big kid” and gets to help put things in the cart.

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

If your kid is too small to put things in the cart you could have them sit in the basket and organize things in the cart. Bring reusable bags that they can put the things in and out of over and over again. Kids LOVE putting and pulling things out of bags over and over again! It’s kind of funny but it’s true! By bringing a couple of reusable bags and having them be in charge of what is in the cart is a great way to keep your kid occupied for a good amount of time!

Bring Books

7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

If your child is a book lover like mine, then bring some books! As you shop your child can look at the books. And if they love the same books as mine do, you can probably read the books without even looking at the book by now! Some of our favorite books include the Bizzy Bear Books!

7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

If your kids don’t really like books try bringing a quiet book that they could do. We love this quiet book! It is actually a staple in our church bag (but that’s another story, for another day!)

Coloring books are also a great idea. I love to pick up coloring books for a dollar and then I bring a few crayons and voila the kids are happily coloring! I also love Water Wow Books at the store! 

Whether it’s an actual book, a quiet book or a coloring book, all of these are sure to give you at least a couple minutes of peaceful shopping!

Help With the Produce

7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

Again, kids LOVE to help! If your kids are old enough to reach the scale have them weigh the produce. Even if you don’t need something weighed you could have them weigh it anyway just to give them something to do.

7 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Entertained at the Grocery Store

If your kids are not old enough to help weight the produce have them help put the produce in the bags. This helps them feel needed and entertained.

Favorite Toy

If your kid has a favorite toy or stuffed animal let them bring it to the store. My daughter LOVES her teddy bear and sometimes she likes to bring him to the store. When she does I try to include her teddy bear in the shopping adventures too.

I put him in the seat next to her and ask her if teddy bear wants to help put the fruit in the bag. It keeps her feeling safe and comfortable having her favorite toy with her and it keeps her busy by trying to include her bear in all the shopping adventures.

Grocery Shopping List Games: Bingo

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

Sometimes you just need something new to do with your kids to keep them entertained at the store. You need something to keep their eyes and hands busy. We love to have grocery shopping list games to keep the kids entertained! Grocery Shopping List Games- Bingo Edition is a great way to entertain kids at the store!

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

Your kids will LOVE finding things that are on their bingo cards. You could play two ways: first, have them circle everything on their bingo card that you put in their cart or you could have them circle everything on their card that they see at the store. Whichever way you play your kids will stay entertained the whole shopping trip trying to get a bingo.

Grocery Bingo is so easy to start using at the store! All you have to do is print the bingo cards (which you can print below) and put them in a sheet protector and you’re done! I love to laminate mine for extra durability!

I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

Any washable marker or whiteboard marker will work on the sheet protectors/ lamination. There are several different cards (including vegan and vegetarian to fit ALL different lifestyles) so each time you take your little one shopping they are playing a new game!

This Grocery Bingo Game is a GREAT way to keep your little ones entertained at the store over and over again!

What other grocery shopping list games do your kids like to play?

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Keeping your toddlers entertained at the store can be hard sometimes! But with these tips, you’ll be able to have a peaceful shopping trip time and time again!

What do you do to keep your toddlers entertained at the store? Let us know in the comments!

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I used to hate taking toddlers to the grocery store, but then I discovered 7 genius ways to keep your toddler entertained at the grocery store you want to start doing now!

 

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1 Comment

  • Michelle

    This is a great list! I love the Bingo game! That’s such a great idea!

    March 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm Reply
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