The Shopping List Game: A clinic favourite!

We love the Shopping List Game! Made by Orchard Toys. The aim of the Shopping List game is to fill your shopping trolley first with the items on your list. This game is fantastic because it can be modified depending on your child’s age and ability. Place all of the shopping items face up and have your child collect their items when it’s their turn, or, place all of the shopping items face down and use it as a memory game. Here are a few ways that Rosie uses this in therapy with a wide range of clients:

This is a great game to play when my clients are beginning to work on their sounds at the phrase and sentence levels. Use these prompts and have your child fill in the end of the phrase/sentence with the item on their list:

‘K’ sound: I can have ________. / I can’t have ________.

‘G’ sound: I got ________.

‘L’ sound: _________ is on my list. / ____________ is not on my list.

‘Sh’ sound: I put ________ in my shopping trolley. / I can’t put ________ in my shopping trolley.

‘R’ sound: I really need ________. / I really don’t need ________.

Vocabulary Expansion
For my little people that don’t have a lot of ‘food’ words yet, this is a really great way to expose them to these. Model the word with the image and have your child copy it before they place it in their trolley.

For my bigger people that need to work on expanding their vocabulary and may be working on semantics, asking them a ‘challenge’ question after they find each item in their trolley is a great way to do so.

Did your child get the tomatoes? Ask them to name some more red fruits.

Did your child get the cereal? Ask them what other foods they could eat for breakfast.

Did you child get the baked beans? Ask them to list what other things come in cans.

We often work on “I want _____” with our clients who have language delays so that they are able to request for items and things that they need/want. Have your child use “I want _____” each time they find something on their list.

Turn Taking
If playing games and taking turns is difficult for a client, the Shopping List game is a fun game to practise these skills. You might like to play with one list between the two of you initially so that the turns are fast paced and your child does not have to wait long before it’s their turn again. Then, you can work up to incorporating a list each and more players.

These are just some ideas – ask your Speechie or OT for more.