Tuesday, July 26, 2011

To Market, To Market...Farmer's Market Fun for School Age

All across the country farmer's markets are becoming an increasingly popular and important part of our summertime recreation and traditions.  My family and I look forward to visiting our market every week.  We prepare and eat the vegetables that we bought, and talk about what we'll find the coming week.

My 4 year old has begun to ask questions about what our favorite farmers do during the week.  I imagine she's not the only curious city kid.  So thank you, thank you, thank you Nicki McClure and Abrams Books for publishing such a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, and beautifully timed book as "To Market, To Market."

It may be too long to read cover to cover during a program (especially for young audiences), but this is nonetheless an excellent programming book and a great one to share with readers of all ages.  (Don't skip a book because it's too long!  Just be okay with skipping around in the book!)  My daughter and I read about the apple farmer taking care of his trees and picking the fruit...just like our farmer Frank does!  We read about the bakers...yum...and talked about the goats we just saw at a farm.  Read parts, paraphrase parts, and enjoy each and every one of the cut paper illustrations!

PROGRAM for school-age or family

Market Day by Carol Foskett Cordson 
Market Day    A Garden for Pig

ORA Garden for Pig by Kathryn K. Thurman 

Picture Walking and talking about non-fiction material like Farmer's Market: Families Working Together by Marcie R Rendon and Cheryl Walsh Belville is a great addition.
Farmer's Market: Families Working Together (Carolrhoda Photo Books)

Group Activity:  Who stole the apple from the farmer's truck?  Pass an apple around the group.  Whoever has the apple gets to reply to the group's chant.

Who stole the apple from the farmer's truck? (name) did! 
Who me?  
Yes you!
Not me!
Then Who?

Craft Activity:  While you may want to use Ehlert's book as inspiration and create paper collages, we were inspired by Martha Stewart and used wine corks as stamps to make tomatoes, carrots, oranges, apple and peach trees.
Our own tomatoes made with cork stamp and paint and Martha's example

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