Need to get grocery shopping done this weekend but don't want to miss out on precious family time? Try turning this mundane errand into an entertaining and educational scavenger hunt your children will adore. Begin by writing half of your grocery list on one sheet of paper and half on the other. On the other side of each sheet, write a simple clue about each item. The clues can vary widely. Try a description of the product: "This sweet fruit comes in red, green or yellow and can be picked from trees during fall." (Answer: apple.) Try a personal reference: "This is John's favorite cereal." (Answer: Cheerios.)
Divide your family into two teams. Start at the same spot in the market and choose a designated finish line, such as the checkout line. Then race to see which team can find all of the items first. Don't cheat by sneaking a peek at the answers: They should only be viewed to verify accuracy once all of the items are found. The winning team gets to pick out a special prize such as a small toy or special dessert -- to be shared by everyone in the family. Bonus: Say goodbye to tantrums at the checkout line. Your children will be so thrilled by their prizes, they won't even think about whining!