Food Art Activity: Food stamps Age: 15 months – 5 years Materials: Different colour of paint (about four) Paper Trays to put the paint in Potatoes, apples Method: Cut the potatoes and apples. Once that is all done and the art table is set I would place the potatoes and apples in a colour. Then allow the child to pick any one and start to stamp. Extensions: Display the pictures on the wall and place the whole fruit in front of the pictures. Activity: Finger painting on paper with the outline of fruits and vegtables. Age: 15months-5years Materials: Large pieces of white paper cut in the shapes of fruit and vegetables. Three different paint colours (yellow, green and red) Smocks Method: Four chairs will be placed around a table with smocks placed on the back of each chair. There will be a piece of paper at each spot. The bottles of paint will not be on the table, but rather the educator will ask the child what colour he or she would like and then squirt it onto the paper when the child is ready. Each child may use as many colours as they would like. Literature Suppertime for Frieda Fuzzypaws Author: Cindy Szekeres Length: 14 pp Storyline: Frieda, a kitten, will not eat her supper of beans and macaroni, but would like a cookie. Her parents persist through all of her distractions and allow a cookie after supper only. When she does eat her supper, she receives a cookie. Illustrations: Lovely pencil crayon drawings with warm colors with clear facial and body expressions on the cats. Suitability: Toddler age. Great for relating to feelings of not wanting to eat and understanding that we need to eat a variety of foods for a nutritious meal. Related Activities: Prepare and eat macaroni and cheese. Older children: have the children draw their own cookie, just like Frieda! Then ask, where does the cookie go when you eat it? You are what you eat, by Sharon Gordon Age: Infants and toddlers Method: Sit on a rocking chair with the child in your arms wrapped in a blanket. Rock back and forth as you read the story with a quiet voice. This story is simple and has a lot of pictures Extensions: Read a nursery rhyme such as Little Miss Muffet, or sing a song with the infant. The Gingerbread man Author: Eric A. Kimmel Length: 11 Age: 3-5 years old Storyline: A little old woman bakes a gingerbread man. The little old women and the little old man got hungry, but when the gingerbread man was finished baking he jumped out of the pan out the window saying, “You can’t catch me I am the gingerbread man.” The gingerbread man runs through town. He then gets to the river and can’t get an across. A fox comes out of the woods and offers to help him across the river but when he gets to the other side the fox eats the gingerbread man. Illustrations: Very colourful, realistic and cartoon like. Also goes right along with the story line. Suitability: For any age range. This book would be good for a group because we can talk about the story and the surprise at the end. This book is enjoyed by children because of the repetition. Extensions: We can build gingerbread man like the one in the book Music Activity: Playing recorded music Age: 6-15 mths Materials: Pureed kiwi, plain yogurt Lively recorded music, such as Celtic or Caribbean, and lullabies Method: Play lively music while we taste kiwi. Say words describing the taste like tart, ooo! and sour using dramatic facial expressions. Play a lullaby while eating yogurt. Say words like smooth, yum creamy using gentle body movements. Extensions: Play lively music and have a coarse textured piece of material for the infants to crawl over. Play a lullaby and draw silky material over the infant. Allow them to creep and crawl on the material. Source: Anne Green Gilbert, Creative Dance Centre Activity: Raffi song: “ I like to eat, eat, eat…” Age: 3-5 years Materials: Small mats that have been placed in a semi-circle for each child to sit on. Method: During circle time the children can sing this song. First verse: “ I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas” (x2) Second verse: “ I like to oat, oat, oat, opples and banonoes” (x2) Third verse: “ I like to ike, ike, ike, ikles and baninies” (x2) There are many different sounds the educator can use for this song, it all depends on how long you want the song to go. Extensions: Have a felt board up with different fruits and vegetables along the outside and a bowel in the middle, as you sing the song you can move the fruit into the center fruit bowl. This way the children are able to match the word with the picture. Activity: Purple stew Age: 15 months –5 years old Materials: Purple blanket Purple vegetables Song lyrics Method: Place the purple blanket in the middle of the children in circle time. Get one child to sit in the middle of the purple blanket and get them to say their favourite vegetable. Add that vegetable. Extensions: The children can make their own purple stew at the art table. They can glue or draw or paint their own purple stew and vegetables. Lyrics : Making a purple stew, whip, whip Whip Whip Whip (pretend to stir a huge bowl, circular motion with arms) Making a purple stoobie-doobie-oobie-doobie Purple potatoes, and purple tomatoes and (pretend to throw things in from over your shoulder) You in my purple stew. (person in middle points to someone) Fancy meeting you in my purple stew. (the two shake hands) Everyone stands in a circle while one person stands in the middle. While you are singing the song perform the actions. When you say "You in my purple stew" the person in the middle points to someone and that person joins the middle. On "Fancy meeting you..." the person who was just pulled into the circle shakes hands with the person who brought him there. Language Arts Activity: Hear My voice Age: 3-5 yr olds Materials: Tape recorder and tape Method: Record each child biting into different textured food during free play. Keep track of what you are recording. During circle children listen to the sounds and guess which food goes with each sound. Extensions: Record the group making up a story with each sound of biting fruit. Listen to the story afterwards. Source: www.kidschalkboard.com Activity: Feeding and milking the cow Age: 15 months – 4 years Materials: Stuffed Toy Cows (one per child) Method: Sing the following song and do the related actions with the toy cows such as: holding out open palm to feed, squishing the cow to milk. Did you feed my Cow? Did you feed my cow? Yes maam! Could you tell me how? Yes maam! What did you feed her? Corn and hay. What did you feed her? Corn and hay. Did you milk her good? Yes maam! Did you milk her like you should? Yes maam! How did you milk her? Squish, squish, squish. How did you milk her? Squish, squish, squish. Extensions: Drink a bottle of milk Source: www.kidschalkboard.com Outdoors Activity: A trip to the Vegetable Farm Age: 2 years and up Materials: Shoes, Coats, Muddy Buddies, Parent Drivers Method: Call your local farm and ask for time that you can come for a tour. Have the parents sign permission slip and put out a sign out sheet for volunteers, talk with the children during the week before and prepare them, tell them where you will be going. Assign children to the parent drivers to ensure everyone has a ride When it comes time to go, take attendance and make sure each child goes with their assigned driver and every child has a partner. Take attendance again when you arrive at the farm to make sure every child has arrived safely and again before you leave the farm. Hopefully children will be able to see and touch vegetables right in the garden. Purchase some vegetables with the children to take back to the centre. Extensions: You can brainstorm some vegetables that you might see at the farm Activity: A field trip to an apple orchard Age: 3+ years Materials: shoes, coats, plastic ice cream pails, and parent drivers Method: Call the orchard and arrange for a tour during the week. Post a sign-up sheet for interested parents to volunteer as drivers Give parents permission slips when their child is dropped off a week before the field trip. Collect permission slips from parents Talk to the children about the field trip to the apple orchard throughout the week to prepare them for the visit. Assign children to parent drivers. Make sure children are all safely in the vehicles with their assigned drivers. Take attendance upon arrival at the orchard. Take attendance before departing from the orchard, after the tour. Walk through the orchard. Talk about the different kinds of apples growing. Have a picnic and eat some apples. Buy some apples from the farm to take back to the centre. Extensions: Sing the song: “Apples and Bananas.” Bake an apple pie or apple crisp. Activity: Picking blackberries for smoothies. Age: 3.5 years and up Materials: Appropriate sized gloves for the children and adults to wear to avoid being pricked by thorns. Baskets, cups, or buckets for collecting berries. Milk, sugar, ice cubes, blender, and cups at the centre for creating smoothies. Method: Have a discussion with the children about different types of berries, where they can be found, and the different treats that can be made using berries. Inform the children that you will all be going to pick blackberries and that they must be gentle pickers, as the bushes have thorns. Take the children in small groups if necessary. Inform the children that when they have collected lots of berries, we will use them to make blackberry smoothies to have with afternoon snack or with lunch etc. Ingredients: 1 cup cold milk 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries 2 tablespoons sugar Ice cubes Directions: Place in blender, cover, start on puree speed then push blend speed until smooth and ice is dissolved. This recipe for Blackberry Smoothie serves/makes 1. Extensions: Place all the leftover berries in a large bin of some sort. Encourage the children to remove their shoes and socks and step into the bin, crushing the berries. Explain that this is how some people make wine. You may want to put paper down and encourage the children to make “berry footprints”. Science and Math Activity: Fruit Salad Age: 3 years and up Materials: 7 pieces of banana 6 slices of apples 8 slices of orange 1 bowl 1 wooden spoon 3Tbsp plain yogurt 1tsp vanilla Method: Place all the fruit into the bowl and mix with the wooden spoon, add the plain yogurt and vanilla over the fruit when adding the fruit get the children to count the pieces as they add them into the bowl. Stir the salad 10 times and enjoy. Extensions: Have a Picnic Think of other fruit you can add to the salad Activity: Grapes to raisins Age: 2+ years Materials: a food dehydrator, and a bag of grapes Method: Have a discussion with the group of children about the fact that a raisin used to be a grape. Invite children to participate in a science experiment. Write all the children’s names on pieces of masking tape. Tape them to the outside of the dehydrator. Have the child match their name with where they place their grape. Turn the dehydrator on low and observe over a 2-3 day period what happens to the grapes. Once they have turned into raisins allow the children to eat them. Have a discussion about the experience. Extensions: Talk about other fruits and try dehydrating them. Make a fruit salad with a bunch of different fruits. Activity: “Counting Potato” song. Age: 2.5 - 5 years of age. Materials: An assortment of different vegetables or fruits, keeping in mind that every child in group needs one of each. One or two (depending on size of group) big buckets or containers. Method: During circle time or outside play, ask the children to sit in a close circle. Give each child a vegetable/fruit. Place a bucket in the middle of the circle. Ask the children if they know the one potato, two potatoes song. Tell the children that you will sing the song and when you call out a name, that child places their potato in the bucket. Encourage the children to sing with you. “One potato (Anna), two potatoes (Carl), three potatoes (Sarah), four! (Jack), five potatoes (Jessica), six potatoes (Ben), seven potatoes (Brynne), more! (Ryan)” etc. Use a variety of vegetables or fruits. Extensions: Prepare a fruit salad with the children. Ask each child how many pieces of fruit they have cut up (plastic knives), and encourage the children to guess how many pieces of fruit are going into the salad. Creative Movement Activity: Jack and the bean stock Age: 3 years and up Materials 4 Paper bag 15 green paper leaves Masking Tape Stapler Method: Twist paper bags, and staple them together to form a bean stalk. Staple green leaves onto the stalk and hang from a high place at one end of the room. Make a magic line with some masking tape and have children sit on the line. Have the children individually pretend they are Jack tip toeing quietly towards the bean stalk. At the bean stalk, the child then pretends to climb up to get the beans. Encourage the child to lift their knees and use their arms while climbing. Then you and the other children say, "The Giant is Coming!" The child now becomes the giant, walking backwards; with large heavy giant steps until they are safely back on their magic line. Extensions: You can read the story of Jack and the Bean Stock You can bring in some beans for the children to taste. Activity: Ice cream making Age: 2+ years Materials: • 1 cup whole milk • 1 cup half and half • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/2 cup sugar • about 2 pounds of ice • 1 cup coarse salt • Water • 1 quart-sized baggie that seals • 1 gallon-sized baggie that seals • mixing bowl • mixing spoon • duct tape • towel • bowls and spoons for serving ice cream Method: 1. Educator mixes whole milk, half and half, vanilla, and sugar in large bowl. 2. Pour the mixture into a quart-sized baggie. 3. Squeeze out the excess air and seal the baggie with duct tape so it doesn't leak. 4. Put the quart-sized baggie into the gallon-sized baggie and fill it in with ice, water, and about 1 cup coarse salt. Adding salt to the ice helps make the ice cream get colder, faster. The children can help with this if possible. 5. Squeeze the air out of the big baggie and seal it closed with duct tape so that the baggie won't leak. 6. Pass the bag around and allow all children to jump around and shake the bag as much as possible for 10 minutes. Can play music during this process, for children to dance to. 7. Remove small baggie, and cut corner to squeeze ice cream into bowls. 8. Bon appetite! Extensions: Add fruit to the ice cream A field trip to Dairy Queen http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/cafe/easyicecream.html Activity: Animal dinner-break song, with movement. Age: 2.5 - 5 years of age. Materials: On hand, you may want to have a book about what different animals eat. You may want to have some pictures, or a variety of plastic animals on hand. Method: During circle time or during outside play, have a discussion with the children about food and it’s importance to a healthy body. Discuss with the children how this concept applies to animals as well. Ask the children what their pets eat and what farm animals eat, etc. Ask the children to join you in moving their bodies like different animals, while singing the following song: (to the tune of “The Farmer In The Dell”), changing the animal after each verse. “We’re moving like a bear, We’re moving like a bear” (move bodies like a bear would) “We’re stopping for a dinner break” (freeze body positions) “What might the bear now make?” (encourage children to call out their ideas) Extensions: Take a field trip to the petting zoo at Beacon Hill Park, and ask the children to notice what the animals are eating. Adopt a pet to live in the centre and give the children turns feeding the animal each day Dramatic Play Activity: A Pizza Parlor Age: 2 years and up Materials: Pizza Boxes A Phone A table 4 chairs Cash register Play money Beige Felt circle for pizza crust Felt for meat (pepperoni, ham, bacon) Felt for vegetables (mushrooms, green peppers, pineapple) Orange felt for the cheese 4 plates 4 plastic cups Table cloth Stove Aprons Method: Place the table in the middle of the dramatic play room with the 4 chairs around the table and the table cloth on top of the table. Place the plates and plastic cups in front of the chairs on the table. On side of the room place the pizza crust, meat, vegetables, cheese and pizza boxes on a table or stove. You can introduce the new pizza parlor during circle time after singing “I am A Pizza”. Encourage children to try different roles of customer and pizza maker. Extensions: You can make a pizza in the centre You can visit a local pizza parlor Activity: Playdough Baking Age: 2+ years Materials: • Brown playdough • Baking sheet • Muffin sheet • Rolling pins • Plastic knives, spoons and forks • Cookie cutters • Plastic plates • Cardboard box with cuts where the arrows appear. Punch two holes, just below the horizontal line and loop a piece of string through to make a handle. This can be used as an oven. Method: Set out all materials on a table during free play. Have all of the materials set out and ready to use. Place the oven on a smaller table just off to the side. Allow children to bake and use the materials as they wish. Extensions: Bake cookies or muffins Add sand or sparkles to the playdough. Activity: “Farm Theme,” in the dramatic play area. Age: 2 - 6 years of age. Materials: Many following items should be child sized items (use discretion): Hats, gloves, overalls, suspenders, boots, Watering cans, buckets, containers, wheelbarrow, wagon, plastic gardening tools. Plastic fruits and vegetables, empty cereal boxes, canned fruit and veggie labels, play compost container, plastic utensils and dinnerware. Empty seed packages, (perhaps real seeds), other natural flowers or seeds (acorns, pinecones), books relating to the theme. Green/brown carpet, tissue paper, or felt floor covering. Real soil container. Play tractors, trucks, wagons, scarecrow. Method: Introduce farming ideas to the children the day/week before you set up the dramatic play area. Discuss some of the machinery or procedures that farmers might use. Discuss the foods that farmers grow and ask the children if they have eaten these foods. You might take the children on a field trip to a farm and then set up the Farm materials. Choose an area where the children will have lots of room to move around and try on the different farm clothes etc. Have lots of materials on hand to accommodate your group. Be involved in the activity and ask questions such as: “How would a farmer use that tool?” or “When you are finished “growing” that, will you eat it for dinner?” Extensions: Create a gardening area outside/inside the centre. Involve the children in planting safe flowers or vegetables. Tend the garden and involve the children in weeding or watering the garden. Measure the plants and keep a record of how fast they grow, how tall, etc.
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