Suitable for Years 0-2, this classroom kit has a literacy focus. Your students will have the chance to learn and play with letters and ‘Word Shop’ ‘til they drop. All the activities included in the kit are all linked to food shopping. 

Our kits are always free but they do come with certain time-framed conditions.  Most often you'll be asked to return an image, a flipgrid, a sample of student work or a professional response regarding your learning experience within a certain timeframe.

Conditions are clearly outlined at the point of registration and you'll need to use your own judgement in regards to whether the kit suits you and your students.

Key information regarding this kit

  • This kit contains:

  • A series of activities designed to increase letter, word recognition, that students can complete in a group or as a class.

  • Items to bring the learning activities to life- e.g. ‘letter catchers’, slices of bread, food cards.

  • 150 Countdown letter tiles.

  • A long food alphabet shopping list to display in your class grocery store.

  • Countdown Shopping bag.

  • A Teacher Instruction card that explains how the materials can be used.

  • That list of suggested activities is by no means exclusive. We challenge you to come up with other ways to use the materials and share these on the School Kit Facebook Squad page.

teacher feedback


  • Q: How do you suggest we get started with the ‘Word Shopping’ kit?

    A: Make a event of the opening of the Countdown tiles. As a class you could predict what letter it might be when you open each one: graph, group, order the tiles as they are unveiled. Look at the equipment and materials in the kit together as a class. You could stagger the introduction of each activity and give all your class a chance to become familiar with each task before they learn a new one. Remember to read the Teacher Instruction card and feel free to add to the suggested activities.

    Q: What suggestions do you have for gaining community/ school support to build our kit?

    A: You may like to advertise in your school newsletter, or add it to your class blog to let everyone know to collect extra tiles on your behalf. You can add to your collection of tiles.

    Q: When School Kit refers to ‘non-negotiable’ what exactly does that mean?

    A: It is what you agreed to do, when registering for this kit. In this instance you agreed to have used the activities and shared some of the fun you had in your class, via photographs or written feedback. There is a date that you agreed to send us feedback by, for the Word Shopping kit, (it was 7 November, 2019).

    Q: How do I send in feedback about the ‘Word Shopping’ Kit?

    A: For those of you who are really organised, you can send us an email:, anytime to share what you are doing with the kit in your class. Alternatively, we will send you a link closer to the due date, where you will be asked to upload a photo and share some teacher feedback. It is not designed to be an arduous task- it is what we use to help us deliver the best resources possible and the sponsors of the kit will get to see them what wonderful learning is taking place in classrooms across NZ, thanks to them.

    Q: What do I do if I can not meet the deadline for the Kit?

    A: All we ask is that you talk to us. You can phone any one of us, (a phone number will appear at the bottom of an email you have received from us), or email us. We are not fussy about how you make contact, but love you to let us know if you can not meet the agreed deadline. When making contact tell us when you can have the feedback to us by. One thing we want you to know is that if we do not hear from you, we will keep making contact with you, asking for your feedback, on behalf of the sponsor of the kit.

    Q: Where can I find inspiring ideas for this kit?

    A: Join the School Kit Facebook Squad, if you are not already a member and then search ‘Junior Literacy’ or ‘Word Shopping’ You will see all the postings that teachers have shared. This is a great way to glean ideas and you may see something that sparks an idea you may have never thought of. Remember to check out the Teacher Feedback above for this kit.Coming Soon



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