Color Me Happy: Making Shopping Fun for Kids

Color Me Happy: Making Shopping Fun

Heather of Poppy Haus is with us today to share some helpful advice for engaging our young ones when we bring them grocery shopping…

The grocery store can be a little like the wild west with young children in tow.  Getting in the cart is met with resistance, there’s the constant grabbing at displays and, at least in our case, a lot of whining about going home. I know there are readers out there who share my experience, because I see my comrades having the exact same back and forth as they cruise the aisle, kids hanging off the cart.  A while ago, my older son decided to color himself a grocery list and took it along with him to the store. It kept him occupied the whole time.

Color Me Happy: Making Shopping FunI now take our three year old wiggle worm with me on our weekly shopping trip.  I asked the boys to work together to make their own list of fruits and vegetables with pictures and quantities listed for Wylie to take with him.  We have an unspoken rule in this house: eat as much and as many kinds of produce as you can.  Though it doesn’t quell the whining completely,  the list really does engage him for most of the trip and gets him very excited to put new produce that he sees on the list for next time!

Color Me Happy: Making Shopping Fun



Heather Jennings is an interior stylist and the editor of the site Make+Haus, where she writes about food, play, and design. Her work has been featured on Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart, Curbly, and Epicurious.  Heather earned her BA in Psychology and Gender Studies from The University of California, Davis, and has continued her studies in Interior Design.  She lives in Petaluma, CA, with her husband Adam and their two sons, who gladly serve as the official taste-testers for all of her family-friendly recipes.



Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Sign up for Our Newsletter!