One of the things I love most about Adventures in Learning is seeing how opportunities for learning are all around us. Today we’re going to take that learning to the grocery store! It’s a great place for incidental and intentional learning.

### Incidental vs Intentional Learning

Even if you’ve never taken an education class, you can probably figure out the difference between incidental and intentional learning. Their names give them away.

Incidental learning refers to learning that occurs when you are not specifically trying to learn. We’re exposed to opportunities for incidental learning throughout our day, no matter our age.

But as a parent, you’ve not doubt observed that incidental learning is big with kids—they’re sponges, whether we like them to be or not! Through incidental learning we connect meaningful facts and make observations.

Now that’s different than intentional learning. Intentional learning is planned. It occurs when learning is the goal and can be student driven. Intentional learners have a questioning spirit and a desire to learn.

While today’s game is inspired by intentional learning, you can feel confident that your kids are learning just by being out in the world.

### Grocery Store Bingo

This grocery store bingo game helps kids reinforce the math concepts they’re learning at school, like sorting, conversion, geometry, and units of measurement.

1. Click here for printable game boards.
2. Have your school-aged child mark off items on the board as they find them.

### Notes

You’ll notice there are duplicate squares on the board (i.e., item that equals four cups and item sold by quart). This feature lets you decide how fast you want the game to go. Want a quick game? Let the kids cross off multiple squares for the same item. Have a longer trip or think the kids are up for a challenge that day? Require them to find individual items for each square. Either way, they’ll get a chance to flex their math muscles.

Since this game requires children to know the difference between the greater than and less than symbol, this game is best suited for kids ages 7 and up. Click here for a list of math milestones to see if your child is ready.

### About Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper is the blogger behind Classic-Play.com, an online resource for creative families.  Her favorite past times include: dancing around her living room, watching the Pink Panther with her kids and daydreaming. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, photographer Dave Cooper, and two children.