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
~This post may contain affiliate links.
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!
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
~This may contain affiliate links.
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!
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!
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!
RELATED ARTICLE: What Parents Need to Know About Imaginative Play Benefits
Put Food in the Cart
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.
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.
RELATED ARTICLE: Why I Let My Toddler Play With Locks
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!
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!
RELATED ARTICLE: Tips on How to Teach Your Preschooler to Read
Help With the Produce
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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?
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!
LOOKING FOR MORE TIPS ON TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS:
- MUST-READ BOOKS THAT TEACH KIDS GRATITUDE
- HOW TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO STAY IN THEIR OWN BED
- WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TODDLER THROWS A TEMPER TANTRUM
- 10 SECRETS TO BRUSHING YOUR TODDLER’S HAIR WITHOUT TEARS
Rebecca is one of our interns this semester and will be graduating from BYU-I in April with her major in Family and Marriage Studies. She is married to the love of her life and has a beautiful2-year-old little girl. Rebecca has a of love music and spending time with family playing board games, camping, or just being silly.