PEAS by suchenfz


									                                                                                 Activity Plan

This activity plan covers the Early Years
Foundation Stage links shown below:

  Personal, Social       • Be confident to try new activities, initiate ideas and speak in a familiar
  and Emotional            group.
  Development            • Maintain attention, concentrate, and sit quietly when appropriate.

  Communication,         • Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language, and readily
  Language and             turn to it in their play and learning.
  Literacy               • Sustain attentive listening, responding to what they have heard with
                           relevant comments, questions or actions.
                         • Listen with enjoyment, and respond to stories, songs and other music,
                           rhymes and poems and make up their own stories, songs, rhymes and

  Problem Solving,       • Count reliably up to ten everyday objects.
  Reasoning and          • In practical activities and discussion, begin to use the vocabulary involved
  Numeracy                 in adding and subtracting.

  Knowledge and          • Investigate objects and materials by using all of their senses as
  Understanding of the     appropriate.
  World                  • Find out about, and identify, some features of living things, objects and
                           events they observe.
                         • Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

  Physical               • Move with control and coordination.
  Development            • Recognise the importance of keeping healthy, and those things which
                           contribute to this.
                         • Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and
                           with increasing control.

  Creative               • Respond in a variety of ways to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel.
  Development            • Explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.
                         • Recognise and explore how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs
                           from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns and match
                           movements to music.

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         Getting to know more about                     ?

                                                                       Goodies Gang Illustrations created by Caroline Jayne Church -
Did you know? Peas
• Have zinc inside which is good for our skin.
• Have B vitamins inside that help food turn into
  energy, they are great for our brains and skin too.
• Are a great source of protein which helps our bodies
  grow, they contain more protein than any other
• The UK grows more than 160,000 tonnes of peas
  every year!

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               Touch activity

Buy some peas that are still in their pods. (If you can’t find podding peas then sugar snap
peas work well too). Hand out a pea pod to each child and ask everyone to feel it:
Q. Is the pea pod rough or smooth?
Q. Does the pea pod have a smell?
Q. If we rub the pea pod on our cheek is it warm or cold?
Q. Before you pop them open try and guess how many peas will be inside?
Q. Have fun popping them out and counting how many peas you have found? Did you
   guess the correct amount?

Taste activity
 Using the peas from the pod feel how smooth a
 pea is by licking it with your tongue.
 Q. Does the pea get any smaller if we suck it?
    Will it disappear?
 Q. Does the pea make a loud crunching sound
    when we chew it? Or does it make a quiet

 Hand out some more pods and set an example and begin counting the peas in your
 pod first and munching them as you count. Exclaim how sweet and crunchy they are
 and encourage children by asking if they will choose a baby pea or the biggest one?
 Q. Does it make a popping sound when you crunch it with your teeth?
 Q Are the raw peas sweet or salty?

 You could also do the activity with frozen peas
 Q. Do frozen peas have a different flavour to the raw peas in the pod?
 Q. Can you lick a frozen pea – does it change colour?

 With cooked peas – lead by example and show the children that by gently squeezing a
 cooked pea, it will pop out of its skin. Inside there are two small halves – magic!
 Stick half a pea on your tongue so it looks like you have a green spot on your tongue.
 Can you make it disappear? (make your pea disappear by chewing and swallowing it
 and exclaim how soft and sweet it is!)
 Q. Who can be a dragon with a green spotty tongue? Maybe you can be a different
 creature with a green spot on your tongue?
             Song and rhyme time                         n
Here is an action rhyme for the children to join in with. Ask five children to stand in
a line close together, side by side. As the class sings the rhyme ask them to stretch
their hands out to the side so they are growing away from each other. When the
pod goes POP ask everyone to clap their hands and then the child on the end of
the line is squeezed out of the pod and sits down. The rhyme starts again this time
with 4 peas, the numbers can be altered to suit the group.

Five green peas in a pea pod pressed,                                 M
One grew, two grew and so did all the rest!

They grew and they grew and they just couldn’t STOP!

Until one day the pod went POP!


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                  Craft activity

Resources needed: Empty and washed yoghurt pots,
cloth or foil squares, dried peas, elastic bands.
Musical Peas
Make a musical pea shaker using dried peas. Use an
empty yoghurt pot and fill with a few dried peas. Put a
piece of cloth or foil over the top of the pot and secure
with elastic bands. Use the shakers to accompany the
pea song below.

Peas, peas,                      Peas, peas                 Peas, peas
Jumping in my pot!               What a noise you make Green and good for me
Green and crunchy                I can hear you jumping When I am hungry
I could eat the lot!             Every time I shake         I’ll eat you for my tea!

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                                                   Parent Information Sheet
                   At home

Our nursery is participating in the Taste for Life Pre-school Education Programme
supported by Organix. This programme helps children learn about, experience and
enjoy fruit and vegetables by participating in a range of different activities linked to
the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
At the moment we are learning all about peas! Peas are often one of the most
difficult things to get children to eat. A great way of introducing them to children is
by including them in soups. Here is a great recipe for Leek, Potato and Pea soup.

 Recipe               Leek, Potato and Pea Soup
                   Use organic ingredients if possible; organic foods are free from artificial
  chemical pesticides. Up to the age of seven, children’s bodies are more susceptible to the
  disruption water soluble pesticides can cause. To find out more about organic foods and why
  they are beneficial visit
   Ingredients                                    What to do…

   2 medium sized potatoes (preferably maris      1. Wash the potatoes and leaving the skins on
   piper)                                            chop into pieces the size of your thumb

   2 large leeks                                  2. Chop the tops and bottoms off the leeks
                                                     and split down the middle to wash out any
   2 cupfuls of frozen peas
   1 small onion (chopped finely)
                                                  3. Roughly chop them and place in a hot pan
   Half a vegetable stock cube dissolved in          with drizzle of oil and the chopped onion to
   300ml of water (where possible salt and           sauté until soft
   monosodium glutamate (msg) free)
                                                  4. Add the potatoes, peas and stock with
   50mls whole milk (optional)                       enough water to just cover them and bring
                                                     to the boil
   Olive oil
                                                  5. Simmer for 15 minutes then blend

                                                  6. When blending, add the milk if desired or
                                                     more water to create the desired
 More fun at home...
 We will be doing lots more at nursery to find out more
 about Peas and other fruit and vegetables.
 You can join in with our food adventure too, helping
 your child develop their love of healthy nutritious foods
 by visiting for recipe
 ideas, nutritional tips, games and activities, including
 the Taste for Life reward chart and sticker sheet.                             supported by

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