Math Conversations While Grocery Shopping

There are many opportunities in everyday family activities to explore and develop math skills. This video features a brief conversation about math that a caregiver and child could have while grocery shopping. The video shows how noticing and talking about math in this daily routine promotes early math skills like numbers and counting, measurement and shapes, and estimation.

Professionals who work with families can use this resource to encourage parents and caregivers to look for and build upon math they are already doing together with their children at home. Calling caregivers’ attention to examples of math present in routine activities may inspire them to identify even more opportunities to talk with their children about math. Support families in personalizing how and when they talk about math at home and celebrate caregivers’ ideas for incorporating math into their everyday family life.

Discussion Ideas

Watch and discuss this video as part of workshops, home visits, or one-on-one meetings with caregivers.

Then, use these suggested questions to begin a discussion about other ways caregivers can blend math learning into their routines:

  1. This video is an example of the sort of conversation about math that a parent can have with their child while shopping for groceries. Can you think of other activities in your everyday life that offer the opportunity to talk about math with your children?
  2. The video demonstrates four strategies for having conversations about math that are outlined in the Reveal the Hidden Math resource. How does each strategy work to build children’s interest in math?
  3. DREME Math Snacks are reminders that math is all around you. Use these Math Snacks about comparing prices, counting how many of an item, and seeing which line is the fastest as starting points for creating your own Math Snacks.

Resource Authors

The Hidden Math videos were developed by the DREME University of Minnesota team led by Michèle Mazzocco and Alisha Wackerle-Hollman and composed of Megan Onesti, Sarah Pan, and Jasmine Ernst. The team acknowledges the many parents and parent educators in the greater Minneapolis/Saint Paul region who collaborated on the development of these videos.