Grocery Sorting: A Sight Words Activity

Imaginative play plus a sight words activity: an unusually clever way to make what was once dull, suddenly burst with potential.


One thing my kids really miss from our Pre-Covid life is grocery shopping. I never knew how much I would miss taking them to the grocery store and all the sweet interactions we would have as we walked around picking out what we needed (and yes, tantrums too).


Now I go to Trader Joe's (heaven?) once a week and when I come home, the kids are SO excited to look at what I got. They love to sort out the food items and learn what goes in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Since groceries became so high interest for them, I created a grocery sorting sight words activity for them.


Bag it up: Read and Match

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Sight Words Activity on aisle 5:


Sight Words Grocery Game

Pick 4-5 sight words your child is working on reading for this activity. Don't know which ones you should start with? Check out this list. Write them in big lettering on white paper and cut them out. Tape them onto your grocery bags.


Using dot stickers (we love these), write those same sight words multiple times on the sheet. Then peel off the stickers and place them on play food or real food before placing it in your grocery basket.


With my girls, I pretended I had done the shopping in the grocery store and had come to the checkout counter to pay.


Often the bagging clerk will separate the groceries into bags based on where they go: fridge, freezer, or pantry, but for our sight words sorting activity we would be reading each word and putting it in the matching sight word's bag.


This activity got some great sight words reading in as Big Sis matched the sight words on the produce to the bag. It was also a great way to talk about real life skills, like grocery shopping, that we are missing out on right now. We got to use our imagination to pretend to do one of those things that made life "normal."


I certainly won't take grocery shopping with my kids for granted again, once I get to do it. Just remind me I said that when one of them has an epic meltdown in the middle of the store.


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Are you looking for another playful Sight Words Activity?

I've collected 13 of my favorite, highly engaging sight word activities perfect for kindergarten through second grade. So how do you teach sight words? Toss the flashcards and pick out an imaginative activity (or two, or three!) You won't be disappointed when sight words are no longer a chore!




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