Have you and your family taken advantage of all the great Farm Stands around town? You could turn this trip into an exciting learning opportunity for your preschooler. Find Fort Wayne Farmer’s Markets.
Read the book Cheers for a dozen ears : a summer crop of counting by Felicia Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan to discuss what you’ll see there and what you’ll do. This book uses rhyme, colors, vocabulary, and shapes to keep your child’s interest besides having great digital collaged art. The author’s website is here.
Use Early Literacy’s Talk, Play, Sing, Write, and Read concepts to make this experience educational.
Talk about the words that name the fruits and vegetables. What is your favorite? What do you want to use right away?
Play with the idea of shapes and name the shape of each fruit or vegetable. If you have plastic fruit or vegetables and a basket your child could pretend to buy these items themselves.
Write down the names of each item you buy. You could make a list of what you want or a list of what you bought.
Sing a silly made up song about going to the Farm Stand or Farmer’s Market. “We’re going to the farm stand, we’re buying fruit picked by hand, we’re going to buy veggies farmed from the land.” Any fun sing-song rhyme can be made into a song. This one is similar to the tune of “We’re Going to the Zoo” by Tom Paxton.
Read other Farmer’s Market books to enrich this family outing.