Taste testing, comparing foods by sight and feel, and math games are just a few!
You'll find many more ideas on this page.
I hope you enjoy the activities and the many ways you can introduce fruits and vegetables to your preschoolers.
This is a great theme for a week or to incorporate information about fruits and vegetables throughout the year!
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Fruits and Vegetables Theme Art
Materials Needed: Choose a large variety of produce that you can cut in half to provide different "stamp" shapes for the children to use with paint! Some that we have used are apples, star fruit, potatoes (that we cut shapes into!). For best results, only provide a very shallow amount of paint in the tray so that the paint does not go on the produce too thickly.
Corn on the Cob Painting
Roll corn cobs in a tray of shallow paint and then roll onto paper! Very fun!
Materials Needed: Provide advertisement flyers from local supermarkets, glue sticks, scissors and construction paper. The children cut out and glue their favorites on the construction paper.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
There are so many recipes and ideas to use produce with. Go with what you enjoy and the children enjoy!
Make a banana boat--the children slice bananas in half and then lengthwise and add apple pieces for a mast
Make fruit salad.
Make a veggie tray.
Provide a variety of fruits and/or a variety of vegetables and let them create a design with them before eating snack!
One year we asked each child to bring in a pre-cooked vegetable. We placed them all in a crockpot with vegetable broth and heated it during the morning for a wonderful Friendship Soup to share at snack time!
To Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and the Small Muscles in Their Hands!
Seed and/or Produce Counting
Materials: Produce or seeds to count, muffin tins with numbers 1-12 in each tin.
The children can count out and sort the correct number of seeds from fruit into the tins or provide small veggies (such as grape or cherry tomatoes) or cut up cucumbers to sort!
Provide real or play produce. Include several of each different color (banana, lemon, star fruit; potato, kiwi, etc.). Also provide many small bins or colored bowls to match the colors of produce you have.
The children sort by color. They may also decide to sort by shape, by type of produce, etc.
Manipulatives don't always have to be made new each week. Be sure to include the basics of lacing, puzzles and other fine motor activities. If you have lacing cards or puzzles that are theme related, that's great! If not, that's great, too!
Our students LOVED having these available. Have MANY available as more than one child will want to use these!
Here is a Potato Head Resource I created to add some math fun to your Potato Head Activities!
Click Here or the picture to the left to read more!
Fruits and Vegetables Theme Science Activities for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Grow Popcorn! Really, this is wicked awesome!!!
The preschoolers planted a POPCORN KERNEL in dirt in a ziploc baggie, watered it, and then taped it to a window. They sprouted! This picture is the result of taking the sprouted kernels home and planting them in the ground (just regular dirt in their yard)...so cool!
Make Your Own Mr. Potato Head!
Materials: One white potato per student, googly eyes, craft glue, grass seed and a spray bottle of water.
In advance, cut about 1/4 inch off the top of each potato. Scoop out a little of the potato.
The children glue eyes (and you can add items for a nose, mouth, etc.) on the front of the potato.
They then sprinke grass seed on the top part that you cut out and spray with water.
They should sprout pretty quickly if you keep them moist.
Of course! We've had one day for fruits and another day for vegetables. Try different types of each, some familiar to the children and some not. I suggest, if you haven't already, star fruit, kiwi and any veggies with ranch dip!
EXTENSION: Make a chart with a picture or drawing of each type that you try going across the top and the children's names going down the left side. The children can add a smiley face or a sad face next to their name under each one!
Print of growing cycles of different types of produce (you can find these online or in teaching/learning stores). Have them available for the children to put in order in the science center.
VARIATION: You could provide one each day (one fruit and one vegetable). Place the growing cycle cards of each one and an actual fruit and vegetable.
Free Exploration and Journaling
Each day, provide a few pieces of produce that are cut open, a magnifying glass and home made journals (simply construction paper as a cover with plain white paper inside) and crayons.
Encourage the children to check out the produce and draw/journal what they observe. Are there seeds? Does is smell good or bad? What color is it?
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