With 5 separate buckets and labels for colour separation, children can even set up their own famer's market! Children learn not only about healthy fruit and veg, but colour names and how to sort by colour. Included in the pack is an activity book with 9 suggested activities, so there is always a way to adapt play with fun new games.
- Ages 3 - 6 years
- 30 piece set
- 5 baskets
- 25 foods
- Stickers for labelling baskets
- Activity book
The first thing you will notice when you open the Farmers Market Colour Sorting Set is just how vibrant and colourful the pieces are. Made from plastic, the fruit and veg pieces are of good quality. There is some give in the soft plastic, and they are unlikely to cause any damage if stood on or thrown around the room. The buckets are made of much stronger stuff, and give children a good contrast of the hard wooden bucket and the soft fruit.
What is most pleasing about this toy is not only that it teaches children about colours, but that it does so by teaching them of new fruits and vegetables. Children are inquisitive, and they will want to know exactly what food they are playing with. Apples, bananas and carrots might not need any introduction, but what about plums, apricots or pumpkins? Getting children interested in healthy food is something many parents are desperate to achieve, and the Learning Resources Farmers Market does it in a fun and interesting way.
Is there anything that could be improved upon? Perhaps. The set includes a green, yellow and orange pepper. Having the same food in different colours is not a problem, but that could be achieved with 2 of the same food, allowing the introduction of an additional piece. It also wouldn't do any harm to have the bottom of the buckets coloured to match their colour label. That being said, this is an easy fix; stick a coloured piece of paper to the bottom of the bucket.
All things considered, the Learning Resources Farmers Market Colour Sorting Set is a wonderful addition to play time. It encourages experimentation with food, teaches children about new healthy fruits and vegetables, and teaches children to distinguish by colour. Whether your child wants to pour the fruit from one bucket to the next, or wants to set up their own farmer's market for paying customers, this will do the job. Playing with your food has never been this much fun.