40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

It can be difficult keeping kids busy while you shop the aisles of the grocery store. After all, there is so much to look at and both you and your child can become easily overwhelmed. Luckily, there are ways to keep kids occupied while you shop. A scavenger hunt of sorts is a great way to keep kids busy while you check off your own shopping list. Look at these 40 things to look for at the grocery store, perfect for turning into a checklist for kids to keep them occupied!

Now, let’s look at 40 items your kids can keep an eye out for at your local grocer. How many of these items do you think they can spot and check off? You can print off this list for easy reference and checking. Or, print the items off, cut them into strips, and let children pull a strip out of an envelope as you shop. They can then look for each item as they pull it. There are so many ways you can use this list!

40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

1. A shopping basket
2. A bunch of bananas
3. Produce bags and ties
4. A produce scale
5. Fresh herbs
6. Roses in a color other than red
7. Jelly in a flavor other than strawberry or grape
8. Sprinkle donuts
9. Someone shopping with a list
10. A squeaky shopping cart
11. A delivery man
12. Strawberry milk
13. Cereal with a cartoon character on the box
14. Potato chips in a red bag
15. A box of jello with fruit on it
16. A meat butcher
17. A bakery employee
18. Paper coupons
19. Cheese that isn’t orange
20. A bottle of root beer
21. A patron shopping with a baby
22. Baby diapers with a baby on the package
23. Sale signs
24. Produce sprinklers
25. Price tags
26. Clearance stickers
27. Rentable Rug cleaners
28. Bulk candy bins
29. Dog treats with a dog on the package
30. Fresh fish
31. Balloons
32. Nail polish
33. A fruit that is green.
34. A vegetable that is red.
35. Any kind of pie
36. Magazines
37. A receipt
38. Shopping bags
39. Cashiers
40. Baggers

Are you ready to get hunting? Consider these 40 items to search for in your grocery store and see how much fun kids can have hunting these items down!

The Summer Bucket of FUN!

Say goodbye to the "I'm bored" or "There's nothing to do!" sayings once and for all this summer. Spend half an hour or so gathering supplies for your summer bucket of FUN, and you'll be ready to go with at least 23 activities at a moment's notice.

I’ll be honest in saying that I’m sort of dreading this summer. My oldest daughter will be finished her two days a week preschool and swimming lessons so she will be home a lot more. As with most five year olds, she has a lot of energy and likes to keep busy. Normally this is okay, but the littlest is still napping quite a bit so during this time, we’re stuck at home. (and boredom usually strikes…)

With that in mind, I had to figure something out. Especially since I wanted to figure out some easy activities I could do with my oldest to make her feel like mommy isn’t just around for the baby’s needs.

Enter… The Summer Bucket of FUN!

I’m so so excited about it! This summer bucket of fun is loaded with supplies, mostly from the dollar store, that can be used to create an almost endless supply of activities. I think it’s going to be a hit!

The idea is that when Sienna is looking for something to do, she’ll pull something out of the bucket and we’ll get to work doing something fun. Some of the activities she can do on her own as well. I hope that this bucket will create some fun memories for her and remind her that life isn’t all about her little sister. 😉

Here’s what’s included in the bucket:

  • Bubbles
  • Chalk
  • Plastic Shower curtain
  • Dry erase markers
  • Popcorn
  • Birdseed
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Fly swatter
  • Spray bottles
  • Paints
  • Rocks
  • Toothpicks
  • Skewers
  • Nature scavenger hunt printable (search Pinterest or use the one in my ebook)
  • Book
  • Little plastic farm animals
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00RDWTOF0″ locale=”CA” tag=”simpfrug-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]Fishing rod with fish[/easyazon_link]
  • Magazine
  • Glass jar
  • Ice cream image
  • Bouncy ball
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons

In order to complete some of the activities, I’ll have to gather some supplies that I most likely have on hand already. Mostly pantry staples that don’t really have to go in the bucket! In total, I spent about $25 at the dollar store to fill the bucket, so I think each activity will end up being quite frugal too! (Especially since the list below is only a small list of possibilities!)

Here are some of the possible activities that we can do with the supplies from the bucket:

  1. My Summer Adventures book
  2. Spray Chalk painting
  3. Hand print Octopus
  4. Flip Flop Footprint picture
  5. Bird Feeders
  6. Shower curtain drawing
  7. Rock candy experiment
  8. Ice cream in a Bag
  9. Marshmallow and toothpick building
  10. Nature scavenger hunt
  11. Make a bouncy ball
  12. Go to the library
  13. Paint rocks
  14. Movie night/day
  15. Ice block treasure hunt
  16. Fishing game
  17. Blow bubbles
  18. Chalk drawing
  19. Magazine art
  20. Melted crayon art
  21. Fly swatter art
  22. Decoupage vase
  23. Popsicle stick basket

Now, you can purchase The Summer Bucket of FUN ebook that includes a list of all the activities, a supply list and instructions for all activities in one convenient downloadable book! I’ve made it really affordable at only $4.97.


Scented Candy Cane Play Dough

Easy to make Candy Cane Play Dough

This is such a simple gift idea that is inexpensive and a great way for kids to use their imaginations rather than grabbing for the electronics.  Today I would love to share my Play Dough Gift idea…Candy Cane Play Dough!

You can make the Candy Cane Play Dough and give that as a gift… or you can fill a jar with the dry ingredients and let your recipients make the play dough themselves at home. Either way, I think it’s a fun and unique gift idea for kids.

Here’s how to make Candy Cane Play Dough:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup cold water
Red washable paint/watercolor
White glitter

1.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

2.  Add the extract, oil and water and mix until well incorporated.


3.  Remove dough from bowl and place on a flat, lightly floured surface. Knead until a soft play dough forms (this takes about 3-4 minutes).

4.   Separate the play dough in half. Set aside one half and place the other in a medium mixing bowl.


5.  Add the red paint/watercolor to the play dough in the bowl and mix until your desired color is achieved. I added about 2 Tablespoons of paint to get a rich red color.


6.  Lay both colors of play dough out on your play surface and sprinkle with glitter. Enjoy making candy canes, peppermint “candies”, etc!


There you have it! A fun and frugal gift idea that kids are sure to enjoy! I’m excited to give it to my daughter, maybe we’ll get to enjoy drinking hot coffee on Christmas morning!