One way I help make trips to buy groceries a bit more manageable with kids is by giving Biggest Brother (age 4) and Big Brother (age 2) shopping cards. I made the cards by taking pictures of items we buy on a regular basis. I add the name of each item on the picture by using computer software, but you could do the same by printing the words then attach by using tape or glue. Once I had the cards made I laminated each card at Mardels ($.25 a foot for laminating, it cost me $0.75 to laminate 15 cards). I then punched a hole in the cards then placed them in our shopping box. When we are ready to head to the store I pull out the ones we will be buying that day, place them on 2 rings and give them to the boys. They have fun searching for their items and my trip is easier because they are entertained….it also helps them learn to recognize and read the words of the items.