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Why engage the five senses?

Your child’s development is shaped through experiences that they have, which include using their five senses (hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste). Drawing from the five senses and discussing them with children increases their understanding of and communication with everything around us. Here are some activities to engage the senses…

Hearing: Go on a hike – take a walk and ask your child to notice what sounds they are hearing, are they loud? quiet? high pitch? can they guess where the sound is coming from?

Sight: Play “I Spy” – While doing everyday activities play “I Spy” with your child about things they see around them

Touch: Use a box and a pair of socks – put an object inside of a box and then have your child put socks over their hands and have them feel the object and try to guess what is inside. Is it soft? hard? spikey?

Smell: Blindfolded smell test – blindfold your child and place familiar scents under their nose. What does it smell like? does it remind you of something?

Taste: Blindfolded taste test – blindfold your child and have them taste different foods. Is it sweet? salty? fruity?

On Sunday May 26 our POP Club kids will be using their sense of touch to try and guess which vegetables they are feeling, learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.

The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.

Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!

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