Bagging Groceries

By Activity Bank on Sep 03, 2013

For students who want to prepare for life after school, or even for a part-time job, learning to bag groceries is a worthwhile skill to have. This activity teaches students to understand packaging, inserting, organizing, problem solving and weight discrimination. Lessons include Independent Living Skills, Career Development, Math, and Social Skills.


  • Grocery bags (both paper and plastic)
  • Food containers and boxes (cereal, milk, yogurt, etc.)
  • Nonperishable items: cans of soup, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc.


Provide empty grocery bags and groceries on a table. Ask the students to stand next to the table and place the groceries in the bag, one at a time. The following concepts should be taught:

  • Weight discrimination
  • Heavy and light items
  • Where to place items

Students should learn to place heavier items on the bottom of the bag and the lighter, more fragile items on the top. Allow the students to learn experientially about heavy and fragile items. Have them pick up a can of soup and an egg. Demonstrate what happens when a bottle of laundry detergent is placed on a package of crackers or eggs. They may break. The student should also be aware that the bag should not be too heavy to carry.bagging groceries


Set up a student store. Have one student work as the cashier and another student as the grocery bagger.

Hint: Take the students shopping at a grocery store. Have the students bag their own groceries.


Collage of kitchen prep for students who are blind or visually impaired