So, in my last post I told you I would get to telling you what the little girl in my class that is allergic to most everything eats. By God's design she can eat most all fruits and vegetables. This weekend when I was designing my newest tpT unit with fruits and vegetables graphics I started to get excited about all of the food related things I will be able to do in my class during nutrition week. Here are a few things you might enjoy;
1. Apple stamping: take an apple and cut in half or quarters, dip in paint or ink and make art. If you cut an apple in half through the flesh instead of the core oyu can show the children how God placed a star in the middle of every apple. With ink pads it also makes an awesome image.
2. Practice cutting during snack time. give each child aplastic knife and a chunk of cucumber, banana, or any other fruit or vegetable you can get a hold of and teach them how to cut food.
3. Taste fruits and vegeatables, have a variety, some sweet, some sour. Graph which ones your students like and don't like. Sort by taste, color, variety, etc.
4. Put out a few varieties of fruit and have your children draw and color them.
5. Use play food to create a marketplace in your classroom and get out the play money, mark the food with a price and show the children how to buy and sell the food.
6. Use the playfood to discuss which items are healthy and which items are unhealthy, you could do this on the carpet and have a tray and an empty trash can. The children can come up and place the item in the appropriate place. Just pretend, keep your unhealthy kitchen toys!
7. Practice making fruit and vegetables out of playdough, take pictures for portfolio assessment.
8. Set up a cutting center with plastic knives, scissors, copies of fruit and vegetable images, styrofoam and cardboard.You can help the children make baskets out of the cardboard and fill with the images or styrofoam sculptures of fruit they cut.
9. Introduce children to unusual fruit and vegetables that they might never have seen, either through pictures or real. for example, artichokes, radishes, rutabaga, starfruit, kiwi, jicama, coconut. Cut and try if you can.
10. For an end of the week treat, cut a watermelon inot an animal shape and fill with fruit salad. Allow the children to help you make the fruit salad with gloves, cutting boards and plastic knives. I recently saw a picture of a cute watermelon cut into the head of a shark, super cute idea for class parties!
All of these ideas go along with my new TpT and Teachers Notebook Unit, click on the link below to see the preview of this 132 page math and litreacy unit with a fruit and vegetable theme.
Till next time,