The next Farmer's Market Swap will not happen until May 2020. Sign ups will begin around the end of February. Make sure to join my mailing list in the side bar or down below to be notified! If you just can't wait, the templates and instructions will be available soon to make all of it on your own.
When you join this Farmer's Market Felt Food Swap, you will end up with a complete dramatic play set up! It comes with:
- Canvas tote bag to shop with and store all of your food pieces
- Felt money - $1, $5, $10, and $20 bill
- Laminated shopping list
You will also get emailed 23 PDF files that you can print to set up your own Farmer's Market at home and use with your food for learning through play. These will grow with your child as they get older, or older siblings can play too! The activities range for ages 2-7. They include:
- Open/Closed Signs
- Mini Shopping Lists (that add up to the different amounts of money they have in bills)
- Food Labels (plain, all $1, and advanced money)
- Color Sorting Mats
- Fruit and Vegetable Sorting Mats
- How Do They Grow Sorting Mats
- Size Sorting Mats
- Alphabet Puzzle
- Alphabet Tracing Mats
- Food Tracing Cards
- Bingo Game Cards
- Following Instructions Cards
- Time Activity
- Counting Clip Cards
- Addition Clip Cards
- Subtraction Clip Cards
- Alphabetical Order
In order to participate, you must make (sewing required) up to 20 copies of ONE felt food item of your choice. I will provide the template and instructions.
I have designed these felt food items to be as simple as possible to make. There is no hand-stitching or flipping right sides out required. There are 30 options to pick from, and the templates for the foods not picked will be available for purchase to complete your set up. (A few of the printable pages may require foods you may not be getting, but there are still plenty of activities if don't purchase the extras.)
If you are local to Bakersfield, CA you will bring your felt food items to the Farmer's Market (next swap will be May 2020, and will open for sign ups in late February). Then your child will receive his or her shopping bag, money, and shopping list and can shop at the Farmer's Market for all of the fruits and vegetables to take home!
If you are not local, you can still participate by mailing me your food pieces and I will mail you back all of the swapped food items, shopping bag, money, and shopping list. It will be shipped Priority Mail in a USPS flat rate medium box, which costs $13.50.
I originally signed up for this swap bc of the concept—my kids would love the Farmer’s Market swap experience and play food is always a hit at our house. I didn’t know how to sew so I watched YouTube videos on how to hand-sew. Eventually I got a sewing machine and learned to sew an eggplant on the sewing machine. It felt gratifying and has unlocked a curiousity and determination in me to develop this new skill. And every step of the way, Kailan was there to help me—from figuring out which felt to buy to great suggestions on sewing machine brands. Her instructions were clear, concise and easy to follow, with tips and tricks posted to her private Facebook group along the way. I wasn’t able to attend the swap but my husband said our kids loved it (it truly mimicked the farmer’s market with the crates of food, play money, checklists and checkout process) and I plan on making multiples this summer of each food (you can buy other templates) so our kids can have more fun to play.
So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t know how to sew—you’ll learn and you will be left with a life-long skill to develop and use for the rest of your life!
We had an amazing time it was so much fun!
I’ve made several quiet books in Kailan’s group and recently completed the Farmers Market swap. We love it. The process runs smoothly and she's available all along the way for help and advice. She went all out on the printables that come with the swap making it not just fun play but educational also. Love love love. Can’t wait to start another project with her!
This was our first swap with Quiet Book Queen and I'm so glad we did it! The experience was so fun and my daughter adores her felt food! She regularly goes shopping with her big sister, making sure she gets everything marked off of her list. It's adorable. I can't wait for our next swap!
I participated in the Farmer's Market Felt Food Swap and it was so much fun! Each food item was crafted so well and my daughter just loves playing with it. We gave it to her as a birthday present and are so excited to make the stand that goes with from Kailan's blog. I was bummed we didn't get to participate in the actual Farmer's Market event but the photos made it look like so much fun. If you are looking or a great alternative to screen time and love to create be sure and participate in this amazing swap or join one of the many quiet book swaps Kailan hosts all the time. I promise you won't regret it. Thank you so much for a great opportunity to play Kailan!