Cozy Coupe® Shopping Cart

Promoted Skills

Product Description

The Cozy Coupe Shopping Cart is a sturdy plastic push toy with a large open basket for holding an abundance of pretend food or toys!  The Cozy Coupe car in front, modeled after the popular Little Tikes ride-on, is just the right size for a doll or teddy bear.

Sensory 3

Skills

  • Children can engage in open ended imaginative play, imitating their parents and other adults they have seen shopping.
  • Children can learn to identify objects around them as they pick items to place in their cart.
  • Children will become more aware of their body and where they are in space as they maneuver the shopping cart around obstacles.
  • Practicing to shop with their own child-sized shopping cart will help children generalize their experiences to actual shopping trips. As children imitate adults and learn the routine for shopping they become more confident and develop increased self esteem resulting in happier shopping trips in the future.

Play Ideas

  • Have children shop for items of various textures, shapes and weights and encourage them to place the items in the shopping cart.
  • Have children shop for items with specific sensory qualities (i.e. find the item that is soft, or find the item that sounds like…).
  • Place all items for an activity in the shopping cart. This will help a child locate the items he needs. This can also help in finding hat, gloves, and scarf in the winter or bathing suit and towel in the summer.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Place a talking switch or push-on musical toy in the basket to be activated as toys are tossed in for auditory confirmation that the item was successfully placed in the cart.
  • Use a black permanent marker to outline the basket opening to aid children in visually discriminating the opening of the basket.
  • Use textured toys with the shopping cart that can be identified by shape and feel.
  • Add weighted objects such as 2 liter bottles to the shopping cart to help your child maintain control of the shopping cart as he pushes it. The additional weight will help slow down the shopping cart and develop strength and body awareness as the child pushes it.

Physical 3

Skills

  • Placing objects in the large basket can help children develop eye-hand coordination. 
  • Motor skills are developed when children grasp objects and release them into the large target of the cart’s basket.
  • Pushing this cart can help children practice weight shifting and reciprocal leg movements, and gain strength in their legs to walk independently.

Play Ideas

  • Encourage children to follow a specific path (e.g. “Through the kitchen, past the back door, and stop at the fireplace.”) with the shopping cart, adding steps to increase the difficulty as children remember and successfully complete the easier course.
  • Set up obstacles along your child’s shopping route for him or her to maneuver around.  You may even place toys and shopping items on top of obstacles for your child to reach and place in the basket. 
  • Use the shopping cart as a clean up tool.  Have the child gather up his or her belongings as he pushes the shopping cart around and then take the items to the place where they belong and have the child put them away.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Add weighted objects such as 2 liter bottles to the shopping cart to help your child maintain control of the shopping cart as he pushes it.  The additional weight will help slow down the shopping cart and develop strength and body awareness as the child pushes it. 
  • To aid in picking up objects and placing them in or removing them from the basket, place Velcro on objects being shopped for and have the child wear a knit glove or mitten that the Velcro sticks to.
  • Secure the shopping cart between a wall and chair to allow the child access from the side of the shopping cart.

Social/Emotional 4

Skills

  • The Cozy coupe shopping cart can hold numerous objects that can be identified and named as they are placed in the basket.
  • Children can make choices as they identify objects to place in their cart.
  • Using the Cozy Coupe Shopping Cart to pretend shop can help children develop listening skills and practice following directions.

Play Ideas

  • Use the shopping cart to help transition to another activity. Have the child gather up the current activity items and place them in the cart. Then have him push the cart to put the items away before beginning the next activity.
  • If multiple children are playing together, they may take turns pushing the shopping cart and finding objects. If turn taking is difficult, set a number of items to find before turning the shopping cart over to the next person. When playing alone, let the child’s dolls or stuffed animals take turns riding in the Cozy Coupe, stressing whose turn it is on each exchange.
  • If there are multiple children at play, each child can play the part of someone who can be found at a store (shopper, cashier, etc.) and make conversations with one another.  Those who work in the store might say, “May I help you?” while other shoppers might ask for help finding a specific object or may just say, “Have a nice day.”  Some children might need a prompt in finding an appropriate thing to say, while others may come up with their own “store lingo”.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$39.99
Age Range:
1+
Directions:
Simple
Levels of Play:
One Level
Storability:
Bulky
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Cozy Coupe® Shopping Cart

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 3
Sensory 3
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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