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Do you have shopping skills as an IEP Goal? Try Kid Cart.

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Kid Cart –This is called Kid cart but it is truly a shopping list program that can be used with kids to teach shopping skills and with teens/adults to in real world shopping with Picture support. Even Nurotypical Adults can use it to keep track of what they want to buy as it is clearly classified. It is a picture shopping list that allows the individuals to select the items they want to purchase and create a shopping list first and then go to shopping and purchase the items they have just selected and check off the items on the screen. Used this both in teaching setting and real world situations with excellent results. The pictures made it easy for the kid to select what they want. The arrows allows the kids to select the quantity by using up/down buttons.

Tip: Before you actually do the program, you may want to read model it using this excellent resource from Jane Ricard called ‘Alex Goes to shopping’


  1. Allow users to enter their own items.
  2. Is it feasible to read the list?
  3. Print capability
  4. Ability to record actual and complete the shopping. some times you may not have all the items that you want in the store but the way the program is you have to checkoff to close the shopping.  For at home it is easy but for real world it is nice to have how many actually purchased.
Note to Readers: Add any additional wishlist items/issues in the comments.

How I used this program?

Teaching Setting

1. Create a set of 5-10 of each of the groceries you normally buy for the individual (Alternatively you can Download and print ‘Alex goes to shopping print.ppt’ and use the ones available there for teaching if want to save some time).

2. Print the grocery pictures and laminate them.

3. Put all of them on the table just like supermarket will have it.

4. Work with kid to determine what he wants to buy using the program.

5. Go to the shopping (preferably in another room) with a basket to ‘buy’ the groceries selected.

6. Use the program to select which item kid needs to buy and purchase them.

Real world

1. Before going select the shopping list and save it with Name and Date (ex; John 25May 2011) – This allows them to have a concept of time.

2. Go to the supermarket and put the ipad/iphone in the baby seat section of the cart so you can see.

3. Ask them which Asile the first item may be available. Excellent way to put the categorization skill to good use. (If the kid doesn’t know categorization, you may want to teach it using the categorization app)

4. Select the item and put it in the shopping basket.

5. Put the number of items in the shopping cart. I wish there is a way to select how many actually purchased.

6. Move to the next item in the list.

7. With all the items in the shopping basket head to the checkout counter.

Developer Notes

A made-for-kids grocery list to help your child shop while practicing reading and counting.

Kids will beg you to bring them grocery shopping once they meet KidCart! They will learn an important life skill while practicing reading and counting in English, French or Spanish. And, you reap the rewards of a proud (and busy!) helper.


* easily create a list from 100 common grocery items
* with the press of the button add child-friendly illustrations
* specify the item quantity
* provide the list to your child in English, French or Spanish
* Press “start shopping” and hand it over!


* find the item(s) on the list with the help of an illustration
* count out the number of the item requested
* check it off with the touch of a finger and CLINK! the item drops into your very own grocery cart
* check off all the items on your list and KidCart will flash and offer a round of a applause and congrats in English, French or Spanish.


* vibrant, easy-to-recognize grocery illustrations
* create your own custom grocery items
* organized by grocery department for ease of navigation
* save up to three lists for future use

Categories: Life Skills
  1. Tamara Vukusic
    May 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for this review. I will set to work to make it easier to create custom items, to make the list printable and to enable recording of the ‘actual’ quantities purchased. I welcome any and all other suggestions.

    I appreciate the ideas around printing the icons and doing a practice shop in advance. I will absolutely try this with my four and six year-old boys as it will be a wonderful way to involve them in the planning process. Determining needs and creating a list is a skill they will need to learn eventually – why not start early?

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