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Spring is a great time in your preschool classroom. The warmer days means more time outside, and there’s so much to talk about as the growing season starts across the country. You should take advantage of this idea with a food and nutrition classroom theme, and this farmers market activities pack is a great way to incorporate all sorts of fun fresh food into your classroom. There are plenty of free nutrition activities for preschoolers in this pack, ranging from a rainbow-themed food activity to a scavenger hunt for a field trip. You’ll find enough farmers market preschool activities to keep your students busy all season long.
Healthy Eating Printables for Kids
What’s In The Farmer’s Market Activities Pack
This incredible bumper farmers market activities pack has four in-class free nutrition activities for preschoolers and one that is great for a field trip or to send home for parents. Included in these healthy eating printables for kids are the following activities:
Fruit and vegetable sort – while you might not talk about the scientific delineation between what makes a fruit a fruit and a vegetable a vegetable, this sorting activity will help your students learn the differences in common produce. You can make this an immersive experience by bringing in samples of each one for students to eat as they complete the farmers market preschool activities.
Count and color – you can bring your food and nutrition classroom theme to your math centers with this simple activity. Students should examine Sally’s shopping list on one page, and then color the same number of objects on the second page. You could use stickers over the original numbers, and a laminated coloring page, to make this into a reusable activity.
Rainbow sort – as part of your food and nutrition classroom theme, you’ll be talking with your students about the importance of “eating the rainbow” of fruits and vegetables to help them develop healthy eating habits. These cute healthy eating printables for kids have a cut and paste activity to reinforce this message, where students have to cut out pictures of fruits and vegetables and match them to the correct part of the rainbow. You can decide if you want them to match the outside or inside of each fruit.
Coloring page – to round off (or to kick start!) your farmers market preschool activities, there is a full page coloring page that talks about eating the rainbow. This could make for a fun classroom display when paired with the above activity, or could be sent home as homework for students to discuss with their parents.
The final activity in this farmers market activities pack is a scavenger hunt. If you live somewhere with a vibrant midweek farmer’s market, you could print this activity for students to complete on a day trip, or again send it home with your students to take with them at the weekend. They’ll be hunting for all the major food groups (and hopefully sampling all of them too!) and this could be a great way to round out your food and nutrition classroom theme.
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Fruit and Vegetable Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on letters, phonics, numbers and more!
1) Coconut Read It, Write It, Make It Mats – The mat can be laminated and you can write any word you choose on it. I have also included 40 pre-primer sight words that you can use.
2) Lemon Letter Writing Strips – uppercase letters included.
3) Peas and Carrots Alphabet Matching – 2 piece puzzles can be used on its own, in a sensory tub or as an alphabet hunt around the room.
4) Picnic Basket Syllable Sorting – 24 picture cards included that need to be sorted into 1, 2 or 3 syllables
5) Pineapple Pick and Cover Letters – Pick up a letter card and find it on the pineapple themed mat. Continue playing until all letters have been covered.
6) Watermelon Counting Clip Cards – Kids will work on counting up to 20 as well as improve their fine motor skills in this game.
7) Fruit and Vegetable Simple Sums to 10 – Set of 12 addition cards and another set of 12 subtraction cards included with a recording sheet.
8) Fruit and Vegetable Color Clip Cards – Use a wooden peg or clothespin to match the color of the fruit or vegetable shown
9) Fruit and Vegetable Measurement Cards – Set of 12 picture cards included with recording sheet
10) Fruit and Vegetable Number Puzzle Strips – Puzzles for 1-10, 11-20, skip counting by 2s and 5s included.
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More Free Food Themed Printables:
1) Burger Stand Math Fun – This burger-themed printable will help your students do simple addition in their heads in such a fun way and introduce them to the concept of calculating money as they manage a pretend cafe.
2) Fruit and Vegetable Color Clipcards – Preschoolers and kindergarteners will learn to identify colors while working on their fine motor strength.
3) Peanut Butter and Jelly Alphabet Matching – 2 piece puzzles where your students will learn to match upper to lowercase letters.
4) Ice Cream Measurement Cards – Kids work on math and measurement in this summer-themed ice cream printable.
5) Count The Marshmallows 1-10 – Kids love marshmallows – eating them, playing with them, and now, they’ll love counting them too!
6) Gingerbread Number Puzzle Strips – Set of 3 differentiated gingerbread-themed number puzzles including one with dice representation.
7) Farmers Market Activities Pack – This pack of 5 activities is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about healthy eating.
8) Autumn Apples I Spy – 3 differentiated levels of I Spy games perfect for an apple-themed learning unit.
9) Fruit and Vegetable Activity Pack – Preschool fruit and vegetable activity pack of 5 printable games.