This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they've learned about their local farmers.
It's not like the farmer's market isn't fun and educational already. But why not sneak in more fun and more learning whenever you can?
1. Find one fruit or vegetable for every color in the rainbow.
2. Put your child in charge of the list. If they're old enough, put them in charge of the money.
3. Find a new recipe to try before you go. Work together to gather the ingredients or let your child find them on their own while you follow along.
4. Learn the name of a flower or herb you and your child didn't know before.
5. Find a fruit or vegetable starting with each letter of the alphabet. For younger children, do just the letters in their name.
6. Ask some vendors what their favorite fruit or vegetable is. Or the best thing about their farm.
7. Choose an item available for sale at the farmers' market. Take turns listing ways to eat it. (So if you choose a tomato, you take turns listing ketchup, pizza sauce, BLTs, etc.)
8. Find 10 items that grow below the ground and 10 that grow above it.
9. Try a fruit or vegetable new to your family. Kids get the final say.
10. Pack a picnic and find a good shady spot to do some people watching.
Great books about the farmers' market:
My VERY favorite book for the farmers' market is At the Farmers' Market with Kids: Recipes and Projects for Little Hands. The photographs alone are incredible, but they also have tons of recipes for things like chocolate-beet cupcakes, summer squash lasagna, and make your own grapes. The book is divided by seasons and includes some activities for kids like dried herb bouquets and edible dried-fruit bracelets.
Market Day is about a family getting ready to buy and sell at the farmers' market. The rhyming text describes their journey to and back from the market. What makes this book stand out is that the pictures are made from folk art so there's lots to look at on every page. Great for preschoolers.
Two books that are suitable for school-age kids are Farmer's Market Rounding and Working at the Farmer's Market . Both incorporate math into facts about the farmers' market. The first focuses on rounding numbers, while the second gives money calculation problems about the farmers' market using the four math operations.
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