I was trying to think of a way to make our trip a little more meaningful, so I created a little visual discrimination game for L to take along with her to the market.
I made picture cards with photographs I found on the Internet of various fruits and veggies I was sure we'd see at the market. I covered them in contact paper and bound them together into a little book.
I'm always in favor of a good visual discrimination activity (for another simple visual discrimination game, click here) and I also love activities that make L think and give her the opportunity to use her emerging language skills. This little scavenger hunt gave her the chance to practice all of these skills while exposing her to an awesome experience within our community.
Over breakfast in the morning, L flipped through her new book, and we talked about some of the things we might see at the farmer's market. After that, we were ready to head out and see what we could find!
We quickly found nearly everything in our book, plus lots of other surprises! L had a magnificent time exploring the market and discovering all kinds of yummy things to eat and meeting loads of friendly people from our area.
By the end of our trip, we were all nice and sweaty, and L was positively glowing with blackberry juice! She even met a friendly dog, which was certainly the highlight of our outing! Bonus: we found every single item in our book! It was such a fun day!