The Grocery Treasure Hunt

Officially, this was my wife’s idea but the execution is definitely Dad business.

Whinging children had become a normal part of supermarket shopping in our family, the kids got bored, they wanted to be in the trolley, they wanted to walk, they wanted to be carried and they were into everything.
It was becoming a nightmare, until today.

We simply drew up a shopping list for each child with pictures of what they needed to find.

Sophie, age 4, had frozen peas, coffee, butter, bananas and apples.

Joseph, age 2, had toilet paper, cat food, milk and tea.

Each kid, armed with their list was sent on a treasure hunt with Dad close behind, making sure they got the right brands and most importantly, what was on special.

Dad and kids had a ball with the excitement of the hunt and high fives all round when an item was found and Mum got to shop in peace.

Highlights include Joe struggling with a 3 litre bottle of milk that no-one was allowed to help with and it didn’t matter that Sophie dented the butter when she threw it in the trolley.

Here’s Team Smart at Pak n’ Save today, Joseph was very excited to find his cat food. Next week, Sophie wants cat food on her list.


  1. Brilliant Dave, you should patent the idea:)

  2. love it. Wish i had thought of that when my kids were younger.

  3. great idea going to do that with Horatio when he gets bigger to.