Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt

We’ve been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar at our house and we wanted to continue the fun. So, I came up with a way for my kiddos to review the fruits in the story while helping me at the grocery store!

Check out the book box craft we did that reviews the days of the week: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft. It’ll get your child familiar with the story before doing the grocery store scavenger hunt game.

My son loves to help me put things in the grocery cart. Sometimes, he sneaks in things I don’t want in the cart (cookies anyone?). So, hopefully this grocery store scavenger hunt helps me not have to put 5 boxes of cookies back on the shelf.

Keep reading to find out how to make the cards and how to play the game:

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This month we’re focusing on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So, we made a days of the week pocket craft to put in this month’s book box!

If you don’t know about the book boxes that Beth from Days with Grey and I have been collaborating on, you can check out the last couple book boxes: Mouse Count and Owl Babies

But to review, a book box contains your child’s favorite book that’s easy to read paired with some activities that help your child retell the story to you.

This month we’re doing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Here is an Amazon affliate link for the book in case you don’t have the book yet: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (it doesn’t raise the price for you; it just helps our family).

To go along with the book and to help retell the story, I made a Days of the Week Pocket Caterpillar out of cardstock.

Read more to find out how to make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Days of the Week Pocket Craft.

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DIY Felt Owl Mask & Owl Babies {with template}

Owl Mask

We are making owl masks and owl babies today for this month’s book box!

Last month, my friend Beth from Days with Grey introduced me to a book box. I just love them! So, I joined in on the fun and made crafts to go along with the ones we have been doing.

A book box is simply a box with a book your introducing to your child along with some items/crafts/toys that will help your child retell the story to you (kind of like props that your child can pick up to help them remember the story). Keep the box in your child’s reach so he can practice whenever he’d like!

The last one we did was Mouse Count. The counting mouse rocks and snake tube really helped my son retell Mouse Count. He sits there and flips the pages of the book one at a time and slides the numbered mouse rocks through the snake tube when he sees the snake pick up a mouse in the book.

This month, we are doing Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson (Pictured below. Amazon afflilate link provided. It doesn’t raise the price for you. It just helps my family). It’s a great book to let children know that mommy comes back from whatever she’s doing. When my kiddos were babies, they’d cry whenever I drop them off at the babysitter. I could only imagine what they were thinking, “Mommy is leaving me forever!” So, this book really is a cute way of helping with separation anxiety.

Why a Book Box?

The idea here isn’t to master story retelling. It’s to help your child practice these skills and be familiar with them for kindergarten. In kindergarten, with prompting and support, they will be asked to:

  • retell a familiar story,
  • answer questions about it
  • and identify characters, setting and events.

So, a book box containing a familiar book and fun crafts/items/toys will make learning this skill fun! Play while learning is so important. Play is what children do best and where they feel most comfortable to try new things.  So, a book box makes learning to retell a story playful!

What You Need for the Owl Babies Book Box and Craft

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Number Matching Game {with FREE Printable}

Number Matching

We’ve been having so much fun counting to 10 with the Counting Mouse Rocks. My daughter holds them by the tails and walks around with them. My son gets a kick out of sliding them down the paper towel roll snake into a bucket as we read Mouse Count.

Mouse Count is such a great book for your kiddo’s first Book Box activity! Sometimes, it is really hard for me to get my son to sit still for story time (he loves to always be moving). So, having story time be interactive is perfect! He sat through the entire story; because, there was an activity to do with it. The bonus is: since there is playing involved, he remembers the story better and can retell the story to me!

It’s really cute hearing him tell me the story. And he wants to do it over and over again! #momwin

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Count to 10 with Counting Mouse Rocks + DIY Video

Mouse Rocks

My kids love when I tell them a story, especially when it’s their favorite story. Sometimes, my son will tell me his own version during story time. It’s really awesome to see how much he remembers!

He doesn’t know how to read yet (that will come with practice); but, he asks to hold the book to flip through the pages and tell me the story.

Story time is special at our house. I try to carve out a good 30 minutes for that everyday. Sometimes that 30 minutes is broken up into two 15-minute story times.

Why is Story Time Important

Story time is important for your child’s imagination. It helps your child picture places and things and people. It helps them develop language and listening skills and later understand written words. Reading also develops a closer relationship between you and your child.

Read: 10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

You can make story time even more special by adding activities that go along with the story or having a Book Box with items that help them retell the story to you.

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