Game Review: Shopping List Game

Today I’m doing a game review on one of my all time favourites - Shopping List Game. As a paediatric Speech Pathologist who has worked with kids of all ages and all abilities throughout my career, I have to say that this game would be one of my must haves for my therapy bag of tricks.

What I love most about this game:

♡ It’s great for preschool and early primary-aged school kids (although I have to say some of my older kids also enjoyed playing)

♡ It’s a fun way of practising a range of social skills like turn taking, waiting and winning and losing

♡ It can also be used for targeting communication and language skills including vocabulary development

♡ It helps to naturally encourage attention, concentration and memory skills

♡ It’s so fun that kids don’t know they’re learning (and teachers and therapists don’t feel like they’re working)

♡ It’s small and portable

The aim of Shopping List Game is simple - be the first to fill your shopping trolley with the items on your list to win.

  • Each player is given a shopping list and empty trolley game card at the start of play. Game tiles with pictures for each item on the shopping lists are placed in the middle face down.
  • Players take turns to turn over a card and if the item is on their list they can put it in the their shopping trolley. If it’s not on their list they turn the card back over.
  • Players are required to concentrate (even when its not their turn - a great way to incidentally work on attention to the actions of others) so that they see where items that they might want are, or which cards to avoid if they don’t want them.
  • First to finish shopping by collecting all the items on their list wins.
  • Play can be varied depending on the skills you are wanting to work on. For example, instead of turning the card back over if it’s unwanted, the player could say what they found and ask their opponents if they need it. Opponents could also be encouraged to indicate if it’s something they need from their list. This encourages communication between players.

Kids’ Games

The importance of play including kids’ games like Shopping List Game can sometimes be overlooked and I have had many parents over the years ask me if we will “just be playing” in our session today. Over time, parents come to understand that play is a vehicle for learning. If a child is engaged in an activity and having fun then the learning that happens is real and meaningful and will stick around. Not to mention the fact that playing games helps to strengthen relationships, which opens kids up to trying other more challenging activities later on.

By Renee Townson - Speech Pathologist / Director, My Diffability Australia

About the Author

Renee graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 2004. Throughout her career she has worked almost exclusively with children with additional needs and their families, including in large part, children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has provided both therapy and diagnostic services across a range of settings. These days Renee dedicates her time to working at My Diffability Australia. She has a passion for writing articles to provide information to families and enjoys recording videos to show how resources can be used to support those with DIFFabilities.