We are very fortunate that we live within walking distance of our city’s farmers market. I love to shop at the market for many reasons: supporting local farmers, shopping in-season, buying fresh, local produce and other food products, and building relationships with some of the vendors that I buy from.
I also love to take my kids to the market with me. I can teach them about where their food comes from and when fresh fruits and vegetables are in season, they can meet the farmers, I can help them explore new foods, and they can learn that the best foods don’t come in colorful packages from the grocery store.
There are a lot of great learning experiences for toddlers at the farmers market, and lots of opportunities for them to explore their five senses. Toddlers learn so much through everyday experiences and activities because they are so curious and aware of their surroundings and environment.
Here are nine ways you can teach your toddler about their five senses by visiting your local farmers market:
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