Grab a cart and start shopping for the perfect healthy meals. Weigh fruits and vegetables grown locally at the Busy Bee Farm and when you’re finished head to the checkout counter and calculate the cost at the register! Put on your work vest and get to work as a shelf stocker or cashier. Presented by Publix.

What are we learning?

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Classification of objects
  • Sorting and counting

 

 

  • Spatial awareness
  • Vocabulary development
  • Cognitive development
  • Classification of objects

 

  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Social awareness and collaboration
  • Analytical skills
  • Cause and effect 

 

  • Ask your child to find specific food items based on color – a red apple, a yellow banana, etc. 
  • Role-play with your child and become a stocker straightening the shelves, a store manager, a cashier, etc.
  • Have young walkers use the shopping cart to balance and practice pushing the cart down the aisle. 
  • Have your child name each food as it goes into the cart. Ask them why they are choosing. Is the milk for the cereal? Is the apple pie for a picnic? 

 

 

  • Help your child learn the main good groups using the My Plate graphic on the wall. Make it a game to see if they can find foods from each group and put them in the cart.
  • Role-play with your child and become a stocker straightening the shelves, a store manager, a cashier, etc.
  • Practice math skill with your child with the items in the grocery cart. Ask them how many items are in the cart. How many are there if you add three more?
  • Discuss the farm to table concept with your child. Ask them if they know where tomatoes come from? Where do eggs come from?

 

  • Review the main good groups with your child using the My Plate graphic on the wall. Make it a game to see if they can find foods from each group and put them in the cart. Can they find items to create a balanced meal for under $10 at the checkout?
  • Discuss the farm to table concept with your child. Ask them if they know where tomatoes come from? Where do eggs come from?
  • Talk about the different jobs people have working at a grocery store. Ask which job they would pick for themselves. Get them to think about the jobs and people that make having a market in the community possible. Who grows the food. Who transports the food to the store? Who makes sure the market has electricity to operate?
  • Discuss the farm to table concept with your child. Talk of fruits and vegetables grown in our state.

 

  • Take your child with you to the grocery store. Point out different shapes and colors you see at the store. Practice counting with the items in your cart.
  • Use mealtime to talk about things that are salty, sweet, sour, or bitter. It’s also the perfect time to learn where things grow – in trees, on a bush, in the ground, etc.
  • Take your children grocery shopping and point out the different areas of the store. Discuss the types of foods found in each section. Will there be meat in the produce section? Why not?
  • Help gather grocery store advertisement from the newspaper or magazines and have your child create their own My Plate poster. Draw a big circle and divide it by food group and then cut out and glue pictures of food to the correct section of the plate drawing.
  • Before shopping, have your child help plan a meal that covers all of the main food groups. Help them make a list of all the foods and ingredients the meal will take and shop to find them at the store. This is a great time to learn about purchasing the right quantities needed, foods priced by weight, bulk packaged foods, expiration dates, etc.
  • While shopping, your child can read package labels to find out things like salt or sugar content, how many servings are in a container and where the food is packaged or shipped from. Make it a challenge to spot items grown, packaged or produced in South Carolina.
Hours Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission
Members Free
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