Izzy Eats: The art of raising a gourmand, one bite at a time

Stirring tales of eating, cooking and foraging in my never-ending quest to provide, great-tasting (local and organic whenever possible) EATS for me and my boy(s).

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Play Food, Not War


Who needs violent toys when you can set up your very own miniature farmer's market? At least that was the mindset when I bought Izzy this incredibly charming Mighty World Farmer's Market. It probably didn't compare with the Power Rangers set that some unenlightened classmate purchased for him last year (which promptly disappeared) but it still entertains, even a year later.

What a concept, introduce kids to the idea of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmer's market instead of a supermarket. For Izzy it was real life in miniature but for others it can just be a way to expose kids to different fruits and vegetables. The fun is watching as they shop and decide whether to purchase carrots or eggplants, potatoes or squash. Not only is filling up the crates great for their fine motor skills but it also can take a few minutes. Besides that, it definitely spurred Izzy's imagination as he decided to remove the doll's hair and adorn their heads with corn cobs. What a way to shop!

And I don't know about you but I just can't help but think that the world would be a far better place if more boys shopped and played with vegetables.

5 comments:

the mama bird diaries said...

That is totally cute. Love it.

Julius said...
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Joseph Bayot said...

I'm definitely getting this for Audrey! Awesome.

Anonymous said...

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Izzy's Mama said...

Mamabird: They have some other really cute sets too.

Joseph: It is a great toy but because the parts are so tiny, presents a choking hazard for kids under three and is probably best for ages 4 and up!

David: I couldn't agree more. Books and toys are great ways to get kids excited about fresh produce. I will have to check out your book..Is this a real post or spam?