I did this activity with my (somewhat ill-fated) Earth Day storytime earlier this week. However, this game ended up bringing the group back around! The original inspiration came from Making Learning Fun. The link will take you to printable shopping lists and vegetable cards. In the original version of the game, you print out enough copies of the vegetable cards so that kids can go shopping with individual shopping lists and get the sufficient number of each vegetable for their own shopping basket. I decided not to do this because 1) I never know how many kids are coming to my storytime and 2) I didn’t want to do all of that printing and cutting! Plus, there is just something so cute about flannel food. So I decided to make one flannel set and make it a group activity.
Since I had already printed out the printables above, I went ahead and cut and pasted to make my own shopping list so that it read: 1 lettuce, 2 carrots, 3 corn, 4 tomatoes, 5 potatoes, 6 peas. I mixed the vegetables up on the flannelboard and had the kids come up one at a time to put a selected item in the shopping basket. We did this as a group–so I would hold up the list and say “how many tomatoes do we need? What color are tomatoes? What shape are they?” Then the volunteer would put the items in the basket while we counted with him/her. You could also do this by giving a vegetable to each kid and having them bring the vegetable up when it is called and put it in the shopping basket. We ended up having more kids than vegetables, but it was fine. We easily could have played again during storytime (so I might do that next time), but I ended up that I just leaving it out for them to play with during playtime. They had a blast!
The vegetables are made from felt, and I free handed the outlines. The details are done with puffy paint.
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