Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Language Activities
The variety of available fruits and vegetables changes with the season. Kids may not be as aware of this, because you can often find most food in our grocery stores. Ask children if they have ever been to a farmers market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Take time before starting to poll the group to see what their favorites may be. Email all families to check in on special fruits and vegetables and identify any potential allergies. Multilingual students may have something special because of cultural ties or where their family lived before the United States.
Practice with Fun Chants and Books
A nice way to introduce new produce to kids is to actively involve them with chants and singing. Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go, Grapes! by April Pulley Sayre are perfect to get everyone excited about this topic. If you have the time and space, you could have some of the fruits and vegetables mentioned in the books ready for them to point to as they chant. At the end, they can also snack on some of the goodies to try new food.
Additional books that talk about fruits and vegetables and use vocabulary with the theme include the following:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
- Eating a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
If you are not able to have fruits and vegetables available for kids to try, try to locate plastic or wooden food for them to point to when they are listening to the stories. Introduce the foods that you find with the objects that the children can feel. Share what they would be called for your multilingual learners.
Silly Produce Faces
Share artwork from Guiseppe Arcimboldo with students. See if they are able to identify different items within his art. Give everyone blank pieces of paper and colored pencils to make their own drawing. For younger children, they can use magazines and ads of food to cut out and make a collage. To tie in with speech and language, encourage them to explain what they are doing as they are creating. Allow time for everyone to walk you through their creative process step by step. An additional step is to have them describe the fruits and vegetables that are within the pictures.
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