All parents have experienced the moment when their child has had enough of the shopping trip or family outing they’ve been taken out on. Your little ones may start crying and shouting or simply repeating over and over how bored they are and that they want to go home. There are few things that can sour a day out faster.
With the height of summer now upon us, many of us will want to take advantage of the warmer weather and pay a visit to our local farmers market and browse through the fresh produce and baked goods. It can be no easy task to juggle completing all the errands you have and planning activities that keep your children entertained and engaged with the world around them during the summer vacation.
But is there a way to get everything you need at the farmers market and make sure your children are having a great time? Below we’ve gathered some ideas for how you can make the farmers market fun for your kids.
Talk to the farmers and traders
A great way to get your kids actively involved when you visit a farmers market is to encourage them to talk to the farmers and traders about the produce they’re selling. Suggest questions to ask such as “what’s the most difficult / easiest vegetable to grow?” Encourage your children to be inquisitive and to care about supporting local farmers.
Plan a meal to shop for in advance
Before you visit the farmers market, plan a recipe to cook later with your kids, and have them help you find the ingredients when you’re at the market. This can help keep your kids engaged throughout your entire trip, and can help get them interested in cooking and thinking about the food they eat.
Help your kids find something new
When you arrive at the market, set your kids a challenge to find something new that they have never tried before. If they find something, then let them buy it and take it home to try later. Not only does this keep your kids happy but can help encourage them try new fruit and vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat at home.
Plan a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are great fun, so give the little ones a list of different items they need to find while at the market, with a suitable reward promised if they succeed. This can be great help for you too, if you match the hunt up to your own shopping list, you can soon have your kids running around, completing your shopping for you! You can either make the list yourself, or there are loads of premade ones you can find online.
Bring the market home with you
Most kids love gardening – or any activity involving mud for that matter! So, while you’re at the market, look for any seeds or plants for sale you can buy and take home, then put your kids’ green fingers to work planting them at home. It’s great to be able to mark the progress of the fruit and veg you’ve planted as they start to grow.