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Farmer's Market Dramatic Play

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. 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 judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of Farmer's Market dramatic play images with text: Farmer's Market Dramatic Play for Preschoolers

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year for learning about fruit and fruit trees, farming, and orchards and this month's Orchard Harvest theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) couldn't be a more perfect Fall preschool theme.

pretend play apple picking activity on wall

We set up a Farmer's Market Dramatic Play center for the preschoolers and they're absolutely loving it!

wooden Farmer's Market stand in Dramatic Play center

Each week, the Teacher Guide includes a fun STEAM Station idea for each day and today's was putting together a Farmer's Market.


  • What might you see at a Farmer's Market?

  • How much does one piece of fruit cost?

  • Would you rather be a seller or a buyer?


As always, the Teacher Guide from Experience Early Learning includes some wonderful "Big Questions" to get preschoolers thinking.

Baskets for Apples sign on wooden Farmer's Market stand

Dramatic play is a great way to practice lots of important skills through play. This month, we're learning about fruit trees, counting and money, and even economics.

pretend packs of seeds in bin marked $1 for Farmer's Market dramatic play

Not to mention, practicing communication, working together, taking turns, and other social-emotional skills naturally become part of dramatic play experiences too.

The Pumpkin Cafe sign on pretend play kitchen

Another fun way to incorporate hands-on learning is to include lots of literacy. Signs, labels, forms, etc. The preschoolers always love using pencils and mini clipboards to take orders and make notes.

Pumpkin Patch Cafe Menu on children's table

Don't forget to stop back next week to see what we're up to with our Orchard Harvest theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).


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