My Father Had a Grocery Store

Early learning/school readiness skills can be taught in a fun way-by playing games!

What does playing early learning games accomplish?

  • You provide an early learning foundation for younger children, helping them become school ready
  • You provide a way for older children, already in school but perhaps needing extra help, to acquire skills in a safe, fun, non-punitive environment. When playing these games, it won’t feel like they are being singled out for not knowing early learning skills. They’ll simply be playing a game and having fun.
  • You’ll be contributing to the notion that learning is enjoyable; this is an important school-readiness skill!

When can you play?

Since this talking game requires no “props”, you can play anytime. As a bedtime ritual, getting ready in the morning, during a long car ride, instead of TV, while you are doing chores together-anytime you want!

How to play:

  1. Decide on a food (keep it to yourself)! The item must be edible, and it must be something that you would buy in a grocery store.
  2. Say out loud: “My father owned a grocery store and the first thing he sold started with the letter [say the letter your food starts with].
  3. Your child(ren) can shout out their guesses and whoever guesses first gets to be the “chooser” next.
  4. If your child is unable to guess, try giving them 2 hints. Tricky items (for example, a really hard one is “sugar” since the “s” sound in this word is a “sh” sound”) may need hints.
  5. If your child is unable to guess after 2 hints, tell them what the item is, and then let them take a turn. Remember, this isn’t about winners and losers. It’s about having fun and enjoying time together while practicing letter recognition.

© Parent Trust for Washington Children