Who says you can’t do math while you at the grocery store? Going to the grocery store is not my kids favorite thing to do. So, I made it a fun game at the grocery store, a math challenge while we shopped for our groceries. I made up a list of about 10 things we needed at the grocery store, wrote it on a piece of paper and then put it into 3 columns. The first column I wrote the item, 2nd was the estimate they thought it might cost and the last column was for the actual cost. On the way to the grocery store I had the girls write down what they thought each item might cost. I told them that if you get within $20 of the total bill not including tax, I will give you a special prize.
We went around the store and found each item and wrote down what the actual price was next to the estimated price. The girls were pretty off on some of the items and some items they guessed pretty close. Since they had done so well in the grocery store, the hubby and I took them out to lunch. At lunch McKenzey and I added, and sometimes multiplied (if there were more than one item) to get the total of what her estimate was and then we subtracted the actual total to see how close her estimate was, she was $14.40 short. We did Belle’s the same way after we got home and put away the groceries, and she was $25.92 over.
The point of the exercise was to practice adding (long addition), multiplication, estimating, and letting the girls know how much things cost. We also talked about how things were priced like $2.99 not just 3 dollars and why items were priced a certain way. We talked about the placement of things, eye level, and end caps and how the main items you need are on different sides of the store so hopefully you will see something else you need and buy that also.
In the end the girls did so good doing math and guessing the price we took them to Dairy Queen for ice cream after we went to the library. We saw the raccoon on the way to the library and thought he or she was so cute, that we had to take a picture.
These are the books the girls got at the library and plan on doing book report on….
Mac: Super Soccer Skills, Bill Nye: Renewable energy, The Pirates’s handbook, and A year on a pirate ship
Belle: Bighorn sheep, and Woodchucks