Orange Prints

I was reading Teaching Tiny Tots the other day and found this great idea for orange prints. I had to do it, it fit perfectly with our fruit theme and just look at how awesome the prints are. To see the inspiration for this post head over to Teaching Tiny Tots ( edited 2012 the blog is no longer active)

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper ( we used card stock), some paint, an orange and a plate.
  2. Cut your orange in half. Reserve one half for a taste test after art time. I blotted ours a few times because it was really extra juicy.
  3. Dip in the paint.
  4. Print !
  5. Add more colors if you want, or make a beautiful monochromatic print, no matter what it will look awesome !
  6. Have a tasty snack – after the project.

 

Fresh and Fruity !

Lumpy Bumpy
Strawberry

One of my friends shared a similar craft her son brought home from preschool with me and I fell in love with the idea. I was pleasantly surprised that there was very little rice on my floor after the craft and my son loved finishing art time with a yummy strawberry smoothie!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy weight construction paper or cardboard ( I am using a cereal box) , red markers or paint, some green paper, glue , scissors and some rice. We used forbidden rice, it’s black, but any rice , dried beans or seeds will do!
  2. Draw a simple strawberry shape on the cardboard.
  3. Have your child color or paint the strawberry. Let dry if you are using paint.
  4. While your child colors, cut out a stem from the green paper.
  5. Grab the glue! My son is always excited when I let him loose with the glue. Put it all over the strawberry.
  6. Add the rice, do not just dump it on, encourage your child to pick up the rice one and a time. You’ll sneak in a great fine motor workout for your little one.
  7. Add the stem and let dry.


Books!

” Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extraordinaire! Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page! This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you
hungry!

“The Little Mouse, The Ripe Red Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” by Audrey and Ron Wood is a fantastic book that children adore! The story not only unique in that the narrator speaks directly to the mouse , it’s illustrations will enchant your child’s imagination and make the most overtired parent smile. The little mouse is trying to keep the strawberry away from the bear, and his adorable attempts to hide it make my son laugh every time! Great book!


~Additional Activity~

When teaching about any sort of food, I always try to work in ways to cook, taste and play with it. Nothing beats the real thing but it doesn’t have to be a fancy meal. Today we made super simple smoothies !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need milk and frozen fruit, a blender and a cup.I told you it was simple. We put strawberries and a few pieces of mango.
  2. Pour in your milk – 1/2 a cup
  3. Add your fruit- don’t forget to count as you pop it in !
  4. Blend and enjoy! Trust me that’s his smile!

Letter Of The Week ! B b !

Banana B !

We are going bananas, all week we will be following a fruit theme for our activities. What I love about this Banana B is that if your child is moving on from upper case letters to lower case ones you can still make this craft, simply leave out the top banana! Don’t miss the super easy banana treats below, they were a huge hit at our house.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some yellow paint, a paintbrush, marker , scissors and glue.
  2. Start by drawing two curvy bananas and a long thin rectangle to make a B. They don’t need to touch they will be cut out after the next step.
  3. Using yellow paint (crayons or markers would be fine too) paint the bananas and the rectangle. Let Dry.
  4. Cut the 3 pieces out.
  5. Glue the rectangle down.
  6. Add the bananas.

~Additional Activities~


Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas