Make Shopping Fun for Kids, Too!

My bloggy friend, Christine Koh, from had to run an errand to Target to return some things. She wanted to make the experience fun for her daughter, benefiting both her daughter and a mom with a contented child!  I suggested she make the trip into a scavenger hunt for Laurel, and here is what she did with it!


Despite my attempts to simplify and streamline life, I still have plenty of errands to run. And the other week, when I couldn’t rally Laurel to get excited about the pile of returns I needed to take back to Target (tantalizing, I know…), I queried on Twitter, “How can I get Laurel to think an errand to Target this morning will be fun and exciting (other than offering to buy her the entire store)?”

I adore the fluidity of conversation on Twitter; within minutes I had several suggestions, my favorite coming from the lovely Sarah of Real Life. Sarah suggested turning the errand into a scavenger hunt, and the minute I suggested a scavenger hunt to Laurel, lame errand turned into fun adventure. Here’s what I did to keep the outing budget friendly, fun, and functional:

Read more about Christine’s shopping scavenger hunt…

I love what she did and I’d like to hear your suggestions as well! What do you do to make routine shopping fun for your kids?.