Frugal Fun: Grocery Ad Playtime Menu (Guest Post)

Marie from Make and Takes shared this fun (and frugal!) idea for a way to recycle your old grocery ads into playtime menus for your children:

Grocery Ad Playtime Menu

Supplies for Grocery Ad Menus:

  • grocery ads – the kind that come in the mail
  • scissors, glue, color pencils, art paper

Menu Supplies

First, gather all your grocery ads. Let the kids look through and see what items might be good to have in their menu, then cut them out. If your child is ready to use scissors, go for it but with supervision if they're small. Or you can have them point to the items they want and you can cut them out.

Cut Grocery Ads

Next, fold a piece of art paper in half vertically. Glue the cut out food items onto the paper in a line. Now write in each price.

Write Menus

My son loved making up how much everything cost. He wanted to make the steak "1 Free" and the ice cream is $20 because it's sooo good. We even named our restaurant, LeBaron's Family Restaurant, with "Todays Special" as Shrimp, my son's favorite food. Have fun playing Restaurant!

Inside Kids Menu

Marie is a crafter, foodie, and mother of 3. She loves running, reading, and eating candy. Check out her blog Make and Takes for more Ideas and Crafty Tidbits for Home, Family, and Fun.

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  1. Stephanie says

    What a great use for grocery ads! This can also be used for older children too if they are learning a second language. They can make a menu in the language and have the food to help them learn the words or make flash cards with the pictures of the food.

  2. says

    I used to love to do stuff like this when I was a kid. In particular we used to cut out furniture ads or pictures from old magazines, glue them on cardboard or posterboard folded in half, and stand them up as a “room” for our fashion dolls. It was a lot of fun to get to pick out the furniture and things to glue on for our doll rooms. Much cheaper than the doll houses and things they sell in toy stores, but it was really the fun we had doing it that I remember. 😉

  3. Becky says

    When I was teaching JH I did this with my students. I had them plan a thanksgiving menu, this was a great learning experience for them. When your kids are older you can incorporate the price of the meal using the ads also.

  4. Kathi says

    For those who are homeschooling, you could extend this idea by having them “pay for” their meals for practice in counting money.

  5. Tiffany S. says

    What a great idea!! My son is too young to do that right now but I hope I can remember it for later! Thank you for posting this!

  6. Jen says

    This is a great idea. My daughter is 3 and we do a more basic version of this – she gets the Toys R Us ad while I clip coupons. She cuts out “coupons” and glues them into a little flip book so she has a nice booklet of things she likes to look at. She ads to it most weeks. I have to draw boxes around the things she likes so she has lines to cut on.
    I think your menu idea would be a great “next step” for us once she matures a bit.

  7. elizabeth says

    Cute idea!

    You could also have older kids glue pictures in the shape of the “food pyramid” or glue them to a paper plate to show a balanced healthy meal, if you were working on nutrition.

    becomingfrugal, I love your idea about making rooms out of furniture ads. Very sweet! :)


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