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Teaching Kids to Grocery Shop

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Grocery shopping can be an important learning tool to teach important reasoning and math skills. Shopping is a great opportunity to teach your child how to make good choices based on need, price, and quality. Below are a few suggestions to make your next trip to the supermarket fun and educational.

Start off by having your child help prepare a shopping list. Explain that creating a list helps you to remember everything you need to purchase. The list also helps you stick to a plan, which can be important if you’re trying to avoid impulse purchases.

Teach your child to ask the following questions:
Do I need this item?
Does the item meet my quality standards?
Will I pay this price?

Pick an item, such as ketchup, to explain how to use unit prices to make decisions based on quality and value when shopping. Decide if it makes sense to purchase a glass or a plastic bottle, what size you need, and why. To get your child involved and excited about the process, you could pick a recipe and shop together for the ingredients. You might enjoy our recipe for Black Bean Sliders, listed below:

Black Bean Sliders
makes about 12 sliders

Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and dried
¼ cup red pepper, diced
¼ cup onion, diced fine
¼ cup white or brown rice, cooked
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon hot sauce
½ cup crackers, crushed
cooking spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Put beans in a medium bowl and mash roughly with a wooden spoon. Do not pulverize beans completely, but crush until texture is thick and almost paste-like. Add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly using wooden spoon. Place foil or parchment paper on a baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray. Grab mixture equivalent in size to a golf ball and create a patty about 1 inch thick on foil. Bake for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until patties are cooked through and slightly golden. Serve on rolls with lettuce, tomato and onion.

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