A Day In The Market

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Developed by:Adarna House, Inc.


Ages 3-6

We love this app for the way it brings to life a bustling Filipino marketplace, as well as its tender depiction of a young girl’s relationship with her mother.


Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:

  1. Pretend.Set up a pretend market with your child and play, play, play! Have them give you instructions on what elements a market should include, and what you need in order to shop. Then, when you use the app, compare your pretend experience with the little girl’s experience.
  2. Learn About The Philippines.Visit your local library to look for a couple of books on the Philippines and Filipino culture. Supplement these with fictional stories such as Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories, a compilation of classic children’s stories from the Philippines.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:

  1. Cultural Vocabulary.If your child is not familiar with Filipino culture, ask them to write down words that they are not familiar with. These might include Nanay, bayong, suki, etc. Can your child guess the words’ meanings based on the story? If there are any words your child is not sure of when the story is finished, research their meanings together.
  2. New Experiences and Morals.Ask your child to think about the following questions: Does the little girl enjoy her first time at the market? Even if the text does not say, what do the illustrations suggest? Does she face any challenges or scary moments at the market? If the answer is yes, what are they, and is it possible she still has a good time? What lessons does the little girl learn on market day? Now ask your child to remember a time they did something new. What was it, and how did it make them feel? Did it have good and bad moments?
  3. Cook!Have your child describe the ingredients Nanay brings back from the market with which to cook. Then choose some to cook together yourselves! Once you decide, go to the grocery store or market to buy them. If need be, look a recipe that uses similar ingredients. Have fun creating a meal together that Nanay and her daughter might have shared!

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities:

  1. To Market, To Market.When the opportunity arises, take your child to a farmers’ market or another kind of open-air market. Give them specific items to help you shop for, and encourage them to talk to the farmers and ask questions at the stands you visit. Afterwards, discuss how the market you visited and the market in the story are similar and different.
  2. Read and Learn.Read books together such as Cora Cooks Pancit or Lakas and the Manilatown Fish. The latter is about an American boy of Filipino descent. Take some time with your child to research information about Filipino immigrants and culture in America.
  3. Try Something New.Decide with your child on something new to do together. This might be something that pushes you both a little outside of your comfort zone, or something you have always wanted to do (not that those two things are mutually exclusive!). When you finish the activity, ask your child to write or tell you a story about your day, and draw a picture, too! So, if you decide to take a hike at a nearby park you have never visited before, your child can create a story about A Day on a Hike. Whatever you decide to do, have fun, even if the experience presents some challenges!