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Fruit Games and Activities
Make three strawberry shaped bean bags out of red felt. You can dot them with fine-tipped sharpie or if you have more time, you can embroider speckles on it before sewing them together. I used yellow thread. You can find a bushel basket,for the children to toss the bags into, at a craft store like Michael's.
The Berry Best Class
Bulletin board display idea -Make a basket filled with strawberries. On each strawberry, write a child's name or glue a student's face cut from a photo.
Apple Taste Test
In the Fall there is usually a large variety of apples to choose from.
Do a taste test. Notice the different colors, shapes and smells of apples.
Make a chart showing favorites.
Ask your students (in advance) to bring in 2 or 3 lemons each. During meeting time, cut a lemon into slices, one into wedges, and leave one whole. Let the children check out the lemons and verbalize what they see, smell and feel. List the words offered onto a large lemon shaped cardboard cutout. Offer some untouched wedges for brave tasters.
Is This Lemonade?
Have each child juice one lemon half. Collect the juice in a pitcher. Let each child dip a clean plastic spoon into the juice for a tiny taste. Ask them if this is really lemonade. Then, add sugar, water and ice to the pitcher and try taste testing again.
For the magnetic or flannel boards, make a variety of strawberry shapes, some small, middle sized and big. Leave the basket of strawberry shapes out for the children to explore, count and sort on their own.