Today I will be sharing with you what we did in our Fruits and Vegetables Preschool Theme week with J my preschooler. This preschool theme has a fine and gross motor activities game, language ( preschool reading and alphabet), preschool math (counting, patterning etc.) arts and crafts projects, books we read and science and sensory activities when applicable.
Fruits and Vegetables Preschool Art
For our fruits and vegetable art, we decided to do fruits and vegetables stamping on cardstock. J loves any chance she can get to paint and it made me realize I need to do this more often with her. She had the most pensive face I have ever seen on a 2.5-year-old, while she skillfully wielded her paintbrush.She also did a few prints but I allowed her to express herself with the paintbrush as well.
I will also admit, I rather enjoyed the activity as I have NEVER done stamping before. I am quite proud of my ‘stamp-piece’ as well.
Books for Fruits and Vegetables Preschool Theme
Although I did a Google search for popular preschool books for fruits and vegetables, my local library did not have any of them and I did not want to purchase them unless necessary. Our librarian did give us some alternatives though and we were quite pleased with them.
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Fruits and Vegetables Books to Read
I Love to Eat Fruits and VegetablesMrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet Library)9 Fruits Alive (GodCounts Series)Baby Goes to MarketIN THE GARDEN (Green Start)The Vegetables We EatMrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet Library)Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli
Carrot Soup seemed to be J’s favourite book of the week. She loved the fact that I added sound effects for each animal in the book and she kept stating that she sees the missing carrots. It was also a bonus for me as she now believes carrots are tasty and actually asked for carrots at dinner time.
In The Apple Tree’s Discovery, a small apple tree wishes to have stars in his branches just like the oak trees in the forest. He keeps asking God for stars and God kept pointing out all the other wonderful things about the tree such as being able to provide fruit or giving off a beautiful fragrance when the wind blew. J even ended up asking, “Mommy, where is God?” To this, I replied, “You cannot see Him mama, but He is always there”
Fruits and Vegetables Preschool Reading
For preschool reading this week, I created a few printables for J. She enjoyed pointing out the fruits, which is always a good sign that she was interested in the activity. For the image below, J had to highlight (she loves highlighters) the corresponding case for the letter on the left.
Fruits and Vegetables Preschool Math
Math went over pretty well with J as she is still in love with numbers. We simply worked on counting as well as colour identification. I asked questions such as, ” What colour is the carrot? What colour is the lettuce?”
Fruits and Vegetables Fine and Gross Motor
123 Red Apple is a fun game that we have played previously.
Fruits and Vegetables Fine and Gross Motor Skills
For this we did bobbing for fruits and vegetables. I got a pot that we hardly use (J uses t more than we do), grabbed a pair of tongs and a large plate, as well as 4 apples and a large carrot cut into 2. Normally I would add water, but J was pretty sick this week and I did not want her getting wet and miserable.
Other Fruits and Vegetables Preschool Activities
I had planned for us to make carrot soup but J was far too sick and whiny so we had to scrap that idea, but I am sure that it would be a fun activity to do.
I had also planned to explore a few fruits and vegetables through smelling, tasting, touching, looking and hearing (flicking it to hear how hollow it sounds) but when your preschooler is sick, you try to get them to rest as much as possible.