This week, we are lucky enough to be soaking up a few days of fresh air, helping out at Sam’s parents’ farm on the Darling Downs. Being surrounded by this season’s crops has been the inspiration behind this week’s play theme – creating your own farmers market!
As we all know, it is vitally important for our children to not only eat a healthy balanced diet, but to also understand where their food comes from and how is it grown. Creating your own Farmers Market stall in your YARDart Cubby is a great way to develop their knowledge and understanding!
Setting up your Farmers Market Stall
- If you are a family of green thumbs and are already growing your own plants, fruit and veggies (go you guys!) then you may not be short of produce to sell, with all of the glorious rain we have been getting.
- If not, this could be a fantastic opportunity to get the kids excited about farming/gardening, start small and create your own mini veggie patch, or even herb garden together!
- Alternatively, you could of course gather up some fruit and vegetables from the kitchen to ‘sell’.
- Allowing kids to explore real-life items is wonderful, but if you are low on fresh produce, there are some beautiful imitation wooden food toys out there, that can be used again and again.
- Feeling creative? The kids can even create and paint their own produce from clay.
- Fire up their imaginations and gather up some nature (sticks, pebbles, seedpods, pinecones etc). Stick carrots and pinecone cabbages anyone?
- Do you have backyard chickens? Don’t forget to include eggs in your stall (plus check out our YARDart Chicken Coops).
You can encourage the children to wash and display their produce on their YARDart Cubby’s in-built shelves and exterior servery bench. They can then advertise their stall and prices on the cubby’s chalk boards. Gather up a few shopping baskets, or bags and you are all set!
If age-appropriate, buying and selling their produce using real coins is a fantastic way to practise simple counting and money mathematical concepts and they will have absolutely no idea they are learning!
If using real produce, why not challenge the kids to come up with a healthy recipe to make together and have as a garden picnic, using the items they have ‘bought’?
I hope I have given you a few handy tips and play ideas and promise to be back this time next week with a brand-new play theme for backyard cubby play. In the meantime, if you missed last week’s blog, check it out here: Backyard Cubby Play Everyday Week 6
Anya Imhoff (nee Perkins) – Mum, teacher, ‘Mrs YARDart’ and Education Coordinator, Nature Play QLD.