Preschool Farmers Market Dramatic Play Investigation Station

Here’s a fun Preschool Farmers Market Dramatic Play Investigation Station. We used this activity with our orchard theme, but it would totally work for a health, nutrition, or farm theme too. Talk about versatility, right?

collage of farmer's market images with text: Dramatic Play Farmer's Market STEAM StationThe little guy and I had so much fun this week with our Farmers Market Dramatic Play Investigation Station. And let me tell you, this one was more or less an everyday thing. It never actually got put away.

preschooler sitting at a table smiling during farmer's market pretend play
He loves pretend play. And why not? He gets to combine several things that he enjoys into one fun, educational activity. We used his cash register, play money, and of course lots of stuff from our pretend kitchen too.

preschooler picking up shopping bag for farmer's market pretend play
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler pretending to buy and sell fruits and vegetables
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

preschooler picking up pretend fruits and vegetables and putting them into shopping bag
Farmer’s Market Dramatic Play Investigation Station

Families and Communities (21.1), Drama (33.1), Civics and Economics (22.2)

Set Up

  • Create a simple fruit and vegetable stand by setting out baskets and plastic containers.
  • Place real or play food in the baskets.
  • Print labels and set out play money if desired.

preschooler filling shopping bag with pretend fruits and vegetables
Big Questions

  • What might you see at a farmers market?
  • How much does one piece of fruit cost?
  • Would you rather be a seller or a buyer?

preschooler bagging pretend fruits and vegetables
One of my favorite things about this activity was that it reinforced a lot of math concepts that we’ve been working on.

preschooler putting pretend fruits and veggies into shopping bag
We spent some time identifying coins and counting money and we talked about what fruits and vegetables we might buy if we went to a farmers market.

preschooler putting pretend fruit into shopping bag
The little guy told me that you might see a lot of stuff at a farmers market like apples, bananas, oranges, and even pears.

preschooler entering items on pretend cash register
At his farmers market, one piece of fruit costs $10. Oh, and he’d definitely rather be a seller. Are you surprised? Lol…

preschooler pressing buttons on pretend cash register
Little kids are totally a blast. And this curriculum gives us lots of do and think about each week as we explore the world around us.

preschooler getting change from pretend cash register
What a blessing, don’t you think? I don’t know what we’d do without it. This is the third year that we’ve used Mother Goose Time in our homeschool and I’m hoping to continue through baby girl’s preschool years too.

preschooler pressing pretend cash register buttons
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Orchard Harvest theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

collage of farmer's market images with text: Farmer's Market Investigation Station Pretend Play Idea

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