Turn grocery shopping with your child into a fun, hands-on learning experience with the practical, real-life math applications found in Grocery Cart Math!
As a former high school math teacher, I see the value in making math more meaningful and, dare I say, FUN! Can math really be fun? Well, of course! That’s why I share resources like my printable math activities, my living math book list, or my list of family game night math games – to help math math more fun and meaningful for kids!
With that said, I’ve got an awesome resource to share with you that allows you to incorporate math education into something that you already do – grocery shopping!
Let’s face it, as moms we are busy! We want to make the most of our time with our kids and teach and train them well. But, that is just one of the many things, we as moms, strive to do throughout each day!
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about maximizing my time!
When my children were younger, I would occasionally attempt to try to turn our trips to the grocery store into mini math lessons. It usually began with me asking them to weigh something or having them compare a few prices, but that’s where it ended.
I would usually forget about incorporating math once we got beyond the first few sections of the grocery store.
Fun, Easy to Use Math Lessons:
I wish I would have had a resource like Grocery Cart Math when my children were younger! Available in both print and e-book formats, Grocery Cart Math makes it super easy for moms to incorporate math into their grocery trips, because everything is neatly compiled for you.
Simply grab the activity book or print out pages beforehand!
As you are shopping, your child completes the top section of the page! It’s that easy! Once you get home, your child can complete the “at home questions.” Really, it’s just that easy!
Raise your hand if you want to be able to knock out the grocery shopping AND teach your child some practical, real-life math application at the very same time! Now, that is multi-tasking at its finest!
About Grocery Cart Math:
Grocery Cart Math is designed to help teach 3rd-5th grade math skills during regular trips to the grocery store. It contains 32 math lessons plus four additional “Just for Fun” lessons. Almost all of the lessons are divided into at least two sections; some have a third section:
- 1) Grocery Store – to be completed while at the grocery store
- 2) At Home – to be completed at home based on the data gathered at the grocery store
- 3) Talk About It – guided discussion to be completed with parent
I’ll show you what some of the lessons look like and what concepts they cover.
Rounding to the nearest dollar – check! Comparing prices – check! I always compare the price of the name brand versus the store brand, so I love that this concept is included!
Measurement – check! More price comparison – check! Is it cheaper to buy four quart-size containers or one gallon? Practical, real-life math application – check and double-check!
Graphing – check! Reading packaging labels – check! How much sugar is in your favorite cereal compared to the cereal you should eat instead? Health, nutrition, and life skills – check!!!
Identifying 3D shapes – check! Inequalities with price comparison – check! Practice using less than and greater than symbols – check! And, that’s not all!
Here’s a more expansive list of topics covered in Grocery Cart Math:
- mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication & division)
- counting money
- comparing numbers
- inequalities (less than & greater than)
- rounding numbers
- whole & decimal numbers
- weights & measurement
- reading product labels
- calculating price per unit
- skip counting
- using coupons
- figuring taxes
- and more…
Real-life Math Made Easy:
As you can see, Grocery Cart Math is not only a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn practical, real-life math skills, but it is also a way for mom to multi-task and turn a shopping trip into an educational adventure! I told you math can be fun!
Want to join in on the excitement and have your kids asking to go grocery shopping – not because they are hungry – but because they want to do some Grocery Cart Math?
Then head on over to Common Sense Press, the folks who published this wonderful resource and purchase Grocery Cart Math today! You’ll be glad you did!
The generous folks at Common Sense Press are also giving away a curriculum set. One winner will receive either a Teacher/Student set from Learning Language Arts Through Literature or Great Science Adventures! Use the widget below to enter to win!
This post was originally published on June 10, 2021.