If you have a handful of pretend fruits & veggies you could try these activities with your preschooler. Or just print out & cut the image below(i found online) – laminate for reuse. Its always interesting to learn in a playful way. We have been learning about fruits and vegetables this week. Listed below are some activities which we tried. Also share your ideas with us. 😀
1. Naming Fruits & Vegetables
- First, we started by naming all the fruits and vegetables. Miss A (almost 3 yrs) knows all (the plastic ones we have at home and the ones listed in her book) the vegetables and fruits by name. So it was a easy for her. Miss D(22 months) is on the learning process. She names a few easy ones like apple, banana, grapes.
2. Learning Colors – Color Recognition
- Next we named them by their color- Red Apple, Green Apple, Purple Eggplant, etc.
- We also sorted them by colors.
3. Matching Skills
- We matched the pretend ones to the pics listed in the our book. You could use the above image or flash cards for this. We dint have all the items listed in the book and Miss A insists we buy them all 😂
4. Learning the difference between a fruit & a vegetable.
Botanically, a vegetable is any part of a plant that can be eaten, like leaves, stems, or roots. (Think lettuce, asparagus, and beets.) A fruit is a seed bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant (edible part of the plant, that has come from its ripe flower). For that reason, many foods that we call vegetables are actually considered fruits by Botanists! (eg. Tomato, cucumber,avocado, beans, corn are all fruits 😮)
But lets make it simple for our LOs. Always use examples when explaining – makes it easy to understand.
- Vegetable: The edible part of a plant. Can be eaten cooked or raw and is usually part of the main dish or side dish, (like a salad, baked potato or vegetable stir fry).
- Fruit: The edible part of a plant. The difference from a vegetable is that it contains the seed, pulp and a skin. It’s usually sweet and doesn’t need to be cooked.
This was a little hard for Miss A to remember. She says fruits has seeds and vegetables don’t. I think thats perfect! 👏🏼
5. Sorting Fruits & Vegetables
- I had two trays, wrote fruits on one & vegetables on the other using washable markers. You could also use bins, baskets or just make lables and place on the floor.
- Spell the words and let your kids repeat. Let them try spelling on their own – develops word recognition.
- Let your LOs sort/differentiate the fruits from vegetables. Miss A is still working on the tough ones like tomato, cucumber, beans & corn as fruits. It comes with more understanding and age, i guess. But it was definetly a good start👍
- You could also sort them by size – Big & Small.
6. Learning More, Less, Equal
- Sort them by colors, or just place few on each tray.
- Let your kids count the number of items on each tray to find which has more, which has less or if they are equal in quantity. Let them use the words – More, Less & Equal. You could also try Greater than, Less than and Equal too – depending on your kids age.
Use fruits and vegetables to create prints. This is a great way to introduce printmaking to your kids.
- Example – Cut an apple vertically , press it on paint or apply paint using sponge and make prints on a paper.
8. Learn Alphabets
Miss A was not very interested in this. Some of them were a lil hard for her.
9. Count & Classify
I printed out this image i found online for this activity. You could also place some fruits and vegetables on a tray and ask them to find how many are red, how many fruits can they spot or how many are small, etc.
10. Fruits & Vegetables Rhymes