When we moved to Indiana, one thing I wanted to do was make sure I found and frequented a Farmer’s Market. Now, the one in our town is not very big, but I found another one in a nearby county that is absolutely fabulous. I go nearly every Saturday morning from the time it opens in mid-May until it closes the last Saturday in October. I even started taking our oldest along on several occasions.
That’s when I realized…this is a great learning opportunity. I realized that while he enjoyed going with me so he could play on the playground with some of the kids, it was also the perfect time to do some teaching. Learning at the Farmer’s Market can be both fun and exciting.
- Math – buying and selling, if you have your own booth (adding & subtracting totals and change)
- Economics – creating new products, sewing, creating displays, sales tactics
- Grammar/Language Arts – handwriting signs, communicating with people to buy/sell products
- Photography – older kids can take pictures of items they find interesting or new
Have toddlers or younger children? Don’t worry! There are plenty of things they can learn at the Farmer’s Market too!!
- Counting – have toddlers count booths/vendors or the number of pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.
- Scavenger Hunt – Give kids clues for what to find and check them off on a list
- BINGO – Give them a BINGO cards and kids will go crazy trying to find all the items just to be the first to win!
- Grammar/Language Arts – communicating with people to buy/sell products
See how much fun learning at the Farmer’s Market can be? So the next time you head out the door to the Farmer’s Market, don’t forget to take the opportunity to learn while you’re there! I have created several printables for you to use when learning at the market. Included in this pack are: Writing Prompts (both manuscript & plain lines), Counting Sheets, Matching and BINGO cards!! There are 30 total pages in this set!! I hope you all enjoy it!
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