Having kids help with the shopping can be a super rewarding experience for them. As with all the items on this list, the degree which they will be able to help will depend on each individuals needs, age, and ability.
You could begin with one simple shopping task, like having them pick out the bananas. Maybe that is their contribution at the market every Monday? Letting them do the same part of the shopping trip will build confidence in their shopping abilities and if you can do it on the same day every week, it gives them something to look forward to.
Start small and add on to their responsibility over time. Maybe they are ready to help put groceries on the belt? Maybe they can find the vegetables you buy every week? Or, maybe they get to pick out the cereal every week?
For older, higher functioning kids, a super independent task is letting them go into a shop and purchase something for themselves.
Around age 11, I started letting my boy go into our neighborhood bakery once a week to purchase his pizza strip for his lunch box.
I was able to conveniently park right alongside the building, that way I didn’t have to worry about him crossing any roads so it wasn’t a safety issue.
The glow on his face after doing this for the first time was priceless and all I needed to see to know, this was something that gave him a great sense of pride and independence.
It’s been two years since he first walked into that bakery alone, and he still goes in once a week—and he still feels proud every time.