To do: Practice phrases you might use to speak to a farmer’s market vendor
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Phrases listed below + some imagination
Speaking with adults in a public setting can be nerve-wracking for a child, or even for adults! By practicing social situations with your child beforehand, they will feel comfortable and calm when the situation actually happens!
To practice interactions you might have at a farmer’s market, set up a ‘farmer’s market stand’ scenario at home. Play practice!
Grab a few pantry items, like jars of jam. Give your child a few fake dollars or coins to ‘purchase’ your goods. Then, practice using these phrases:
“Hello, I’d like ___”
“Do you have any ___?”
“How much does it cost?”
“I don’t need a bag, but thank you.”
“Thank you very much!”
Next, when you actually go to the market, empower your child to purchase the goods you need. By practicing ahead of time, your child will feel comfortable knowing what to do, and when to do it.
For your older child: Hand the shopping list over to your older child and let them direct the action. They can even be in charge of the money. Perhaps start with a $20 bill and give them an idea of how much each item should cost, letting them do the math!
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