Does your toddler like to check things off as much as mine? Cause mine thinks lists are AWESOME.
On the last day of preschool, the teacher had the kids lead their parents on a "tree hunt." Each kid got a clipboard and a photocopied piece of paper that had the trees listed with a checkbox. The original was done by hand in Sharpie.
I thought, "What a great idea."
I've been waiting for inspiration to strike. It finally did with our grocery list.
Kiddo was super excited to sit beside me and offer suggestions for what we needed.
Everything got added to a "master copy." Yeah, I seriously threw in an adult concept. It's all learning.
The next day we headed out to the store; list, clipboard, and pen in hand.
How'd it go? That's what you wanna know.
The shopping trip went great. Kiddo was eager to point out all of the items we needed to get and cross them off once selected.
Only one adult commented on the list, a Kroger employee named Jeffrey. He said, "I like your list," to kiddo. She hid behind my legs. I thanked him.
Then we headed to the self checkout kiosk because kiddo is determined to do it all these days. She's extremely proud of herself for "scanning the bar codes."
Staff at our Kroger are used to her setting off the various "attendant has been notified" alarms. They stand close and tap their responder a lot. (They might do this to make sure we aren't stealing. Either way, I'm grateful I don't have to signal them.)
I would recommend this type of activity for toddlers. It's not hard to create the list. Drawing pictures does make it take about 3x longer though. The pictures do not have to be accurate (purple milk!). It's more about the process.
If you decide to make your own. I used the following supplies:
Have fun shopping.