Make your own fruity hat by simply gluing plastic fruit on a straw hat. Wear the hat to greet children in the morning.
Hide fruit throughout your daycare and invite children to search for it. They can deposit the fruit in a basket (or in the center of your circle time area). Use the fruit to introduce your theme.
Let’s talk about fruit…with a puppet
Use a puppet to encourage children to talk about various subjects related to the theme. The puppet may help some children overcome their shyness. It may also be helpful for children who require language support. One thing is certain, the puppet will encourage children to talk.
(Open word flashcards-Fruit) Print and laminate the flashcards. Use them to spark a conversation with the children in your group. Ask children if they have every gone berry or apple picking. Encourage them to tell you about their experience.
Print a variety of posters and use them to decorate the walls of your daycare. (Open thematic poster-Fruit)
(Open educa-decorate-Fruit) Print, laminate, and cut out the illustrations. Use them to decorate your walls and set the mood for the theme.
(Open stickers-Fruit) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper and use them to create a collection of unique stickers. Use them to reward children throughout the theme.
(Open educa-theme-Fruit) Print and laminate the different elements representing the theme. Use them to present the theme to your group (and children’s parents) while decorating your daycare.
Hang several different types of plastic fruit (or illustrations) from your daycare ceiling. Display pictures of fruit on your daycare walls.
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with the group. Use them to decorate the daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Fruit) Print, laminate, and store in a “Ziploc” bag or in your thematic bins.
(Open picture game-Fruit) Print two copies and use the cards for a memory game.
Activity sheets are provided for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Fruit)
A different way of using activity sheets
Stick two crayons end to end. Encourage children to use one end to complete part of an activity sheet before rotating it and inching their fingers towards the other end to complete it using the second color.
Different working positions
Stick activity sheets on walls, on the floor, under tables, etc. Invite children to stand up, sit, or lie down to complete them.
Writing activity-F like fruit
(Open writing activities-F like fruit) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation with the group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Fruit) (Open giant word flashcards-Fruit) Banana, apple, orange, peach, grapes, plum, watermelon, kiwi, cherry, pear, pineapple, strawberry
Fruit that I love and fruit I don’t really like
(Open fruit I love and fruit I dislike) Print, laminate, and cut out the fruit as well as both faces. Glue each face on a paper plate and cut a slit just above each mouth. Children take turns picking a fruit and inserting it in a mouth. For example, a child could feed the happy face a strawberry and say, “I love eating strawberries.” Another child could feed the sad face a pineapple and say, “I really dislike the taste of pineapples.”
Set the illustrations from the theme’s educa-decorate document in the center of your table. Invite children to take turns picking a card, naming the fruit, and associating it to a pre-determined category (color, size, shape, etc.).
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Cut a watermelon, a honeydew melon, and a cantaloupe in half. Remove the seeds from the honeydew melon and the cantaloupe. Provide melon ballers and show children how they can use them to remove the flesh and create melon balls. What a great exercise to strengthen little hands.
(Open lacing-Fruit) Print, laminate, and punch holes around the contour of the models. Provide shoelaces that have a large knot at one end and encourage children to thread them through the holes.
(Open lacing-Berries) Print, laminate, and punch holes all the way around each berry. Set them on a table along with shoelaces with a knot at one end. Let children thread the shoelaces through the holes.
Divide your group into two teams. Have each team line up on a line, facing each other. Set a ball (or other object) in the center, between both teams. Associate a different type of fruit with each player from the first team. Associate the same fruits to the children in the second team. When you name a fruit, the two children who were given the corresponding fruit must run to the ball and try to grab it and bring it back to their team to earn a point.
For this activity, use educatall pictograms. Hide pictures of berries (or plastic berries) throughout your daycare. Name a color. Children must race to collect as many berries of the corresponding color. If you prefer, name berries.
Modeling dough activity placemats-Fruit
(Open modeling dough activity placemats-Fruit) Print and laminate. Let children pick a placemat and provide modeling dough. Encourage them to use the dough to fill or reproduce the shapes that are on their placemat.
(Open bowling game-Fruit) Print and laminate. Use the stickers to create games. Create your own bowling game by pressing them on empty plastic bottles. Arrange your homemade bowling pins on a table. Children can use a tennis ball to make them fall. Give each child three tries.
(Open large stickers-Fruit) Print and use the stickers to create games. Collect empty metal cans in different sizes. Use the stickers to decorate the cans. Stack the cans to build a pyramid on a table. Children can use a frisbee to make them fall. Give each child three tries.
Fine motor skills-Crumpled fruit shapes
(Open fruit shapes) Print for each child. Have children tear and crumple pieces of tissue paper. They can apply white glue all over the shape they prefer and fill it with crumpled pieces of tissue paper. Display their artwork.
(Open models-Fruit) Print. Laminate and press the items on the floor using adhesive paper. Play music. Every time the music stops, children must quickly find a fruit to sit on.
Roll & color-Fruit
(Open roll & color-Fruit) Print for each child. This game can be enjoyed individually or as a group. Children roll the die and color the corresponding number.
(Open string activities-Fruit) Print for each child. Children trace the lines with white glue and then press colorful string or yarn in the glue.
Hide different types of fruit throughout your daycare. As children find the fruit, have them set it in a basket you have set on a table. Once all the fruit has been found, enjoy it as a snack.
Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry
Children walk around your yard. Every time you say “strawberry”, they must walk very quickly. When they hear you say “raspberry”, they must walk slowly. Finally, whenever you say “blueberry”, they must stop in their tracks. You may delimit a territory with a start and a finish line.
Sit in a circle with your group. Sing a song (or invite a child to sing a song). Children pass a plastic strawberry around the circle. When the song ends, the child who is holding the strawberry must perform an action chosen by a singer. For example, he or she may be asked to stand on one leg, to bark like a dog, to perform somersaults, to jump three times, etc.
Orange, lemon, lime
Children walk around the yard. Every time you say “orange”, they must walk very quickly. When they hear you say “lemon”, they must walk slowly. Finally, whenever you say “lime”, they must stop in their tracks. You may delimit a territory with a start and a finish line.
Apple traffic lights
(Open game-apple traffic lights) Print and cut out the red, yellow, and green apples. Determine a start and finish line. The apples represent traffic lights. When the red apple is displayed, children must remain immobile. When the yellow apple is displayed, they can walk around the daycare slowly. Finally, when the green apple is displayed, encourage them to walk fast.
Variation: Hang the apples from your ceiling, drawing a triangle. To begin, invite children to position themselves under the yellow apple and crawl to the green apple. Once they reach the green apple, invite them to hop on one leg to the red apple. Next, have them complete the course backwards. They can, for example, walk backwards to the green apple before slithering across the floor like a worm to the yellow apple.
Sit in a circle with your group. Sing an apple song (or invite a child to sing a song). Children pass an apple around the circle. When the song ends, the child holding the apple must complete a challenge suggested by the person who sang the song. For example, the child can be asked to stand on one foot, perform a somersault, hop three times, etc.
Seeds and pits
(Open seeds and pits) Print and laminate the cards. Provide modeling dough to represent the pulp of the illustrated fruit (red for watermelons, green for kiwis, orange for oranges, yellow for lemons). Fill a small bowl with uncooked black beans. Fill a second bowl with pumpkin seeds (in shell). Children pick a card, name the fruit and use modeling dough to represent it. For example, if a child picks a card with a lemon on it, he can use yellow modeling dough to represent a lemon, flatten it, and press the correct number of pumpkin seeds in the dough, per what is illustrated. The black beans can be used to represent watermelon and kiwi seeds.
(Open fruity rainbow) Print a rainbow for each child along with the fruit illustrations. Children must cut these out and press them in the arc of the corresponding color on the rainbow. For example, they can glue cherries, apples, strawberries, and raspberries in the red arc. Encourage children to name the fruit and colors throughout the activity.
Association game-At the fruit store
(Open association game-Fruit store) Print the baskets as well as the grocery lists. Spread the baskets out on a table or on the floor. Give each child a grocery list. They must find the basket that contains the listed items.
Game-Four types of fruit
(Open game-Four types of fruit) Print, glue the cards on opaque cardboard and cut them out. Arrange all the cards upside down on the floor or table (so you can’t see the illustrations). Children take turns rolling a die. Every time a child rolls a “1”, he can turn a card. If he doesn’t already have this fruit in front of him, he keeps it and places it in front of him for everyone to see. The first child who has collected all four types of fruit wins.
Color by number-Fruit
(Open color by number-Fruit) Print for each child. Have children color the picture per the color code.
Coloring hunt and seek-Fruit
(Open coloring hunt and seek-Fruit) Print and laminate. Children must find and color the items.
I am learning to count-With berries
(Open I am learning to count-With berries) Print and laminate. Using Velcro, children associate the correct number of fruit to each number.
Association-Fruits and vegetables
(Open association-Fruits and vegetables) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Children associate each one to the correct picture.
Educ-same and different-Fruit
(Open educ-same and different-Fruit) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the item that is different in each row.
Big and small-Fruit
(Open big and small-Fruit) Print and laminate the game. Attach Velcro behind each card. Children must press them in the squares in order, from smallest to biggest.
Hunt and seek-Fruit
(Open hunt and seed-Fruit) Print and laminate. Children search for the items in the scene.
(Open educ-pattern-Fruit) Print and laminate the game. Children must use the cards to complete each pattern and set them in the correct squares using Velcro or adhesive putty.
(Open puzzles-Fruit) Print, laminate, and cut out. Children must place the pieces to complete the puzzles.
(Open bingo-Fruit) Print, laminate and store the game in a small box. Play bingo with your group.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Coloring calendar-I eat fruit
(Open coloring calendar-I eat fruit) Print for each child. Use the calendar daily to encourage children to eat more fruit. They can color an apple every time they eat a portion of fruit.
Game-In my pot
(Open game-In my pot) Children cut food items out of grocery store flyers and glue them in their pot.
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PARENTS
Visiting a fruit store or market
Ask parents to join you on a trip to your local fruit store or market. Use this opportunity to show children different types of exotic fruit that they may not be familiar with.
Invite each child to bring a different type of fruit to daycare. Cut the fruit into pieces with your group and use them to prepare a colorful fruit salad.
Pick your own berries
Invite parents to join you on a trip to a local berry farm. Children will love picking (and eating) berries.
Seed and pit exploration
Set several different types of seeds and pits in front of your group. Provide magnifying glasses that children can use to observe them and invite them to name differences and similarities. To complete your exploration, plant the seeds and pits with children’s help.
Slice different types of fruit (bananas, apples, oranges, pears, etc.) and set them out to dry on paper towels. Observe the changes over the course of a few days. You may also purchase dried fruit and invite children to taste them.
Prepare a delicious fruit salad with your group. Let children participate. They can use plastics knives to cut fruit into pieces, add the cut fruit to the bowl, and stir very gently.
Enjoy a traditional chocolate fondue or simply give children small bowls of chocolate pudding that they can dip pieces of fruit in.
Cut several different types of fruit into pieces. Let children slide them onto skewers. Serve your fruit skewers with a yogurt-based dip at snack time.
Have children slice different types of fruit using small plastic knives. Spread vanilla pudding in a store-bought pie crust and let children press the fruit pieces all over.
Exotic fruit taste test
Purchase several types of fruit that children may not be familiar with and have fun tasting them one by one.
Give each child a white paper plate. Set a platter filled with fruit in the center of the table: pear slices, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, orange slices, sliced bananas, cut grapes, etc. Invite children to use fruit they enjoy eating at snack time to represent a silly face in their plate. When they are done, let them eat their creation.
For each child, you will need approximately 2 feet of elastic string and a clean yarn needle. Give each child a small bowl filled with berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, etc.). To begin, thread a grape or blueberry on the string using each child’s needle, slide it to the other end and tie a knot under it. Using their needle, children can thread additional fruit on their string. Knot both ends together to complete their fruit necklaces. They will enjoy nibbling on the fruit, just like they would do with a candy necklace.
Fruity edible constructions
Provide apple chunks, blueberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, and toothpicks. Encourage children to build a fruity structure. At the end of the activity, they can eat the fruit pieces.
ARTS & CRAFTS
My eaten apple
For each child, you will need an empty toilet paper roll. Cut a piece of white paper that is the same height as a toilet paper roll for each child. Help children wrap their cardboard roll with the paper to represent the core of an apple. Invite children to draw a few apple seeds in the center of their paper roll using a brown marker. Next, give each child 2 red paper muffin cups. Have them glue each one at one end of their cardboard roll (pressing each end inside a muffin cup). The paper muffin cups will represent the leftover apple peel of an eaten apple. To complete their eaten apple, they can insert one end of a tiny branch in the top part of their apple (the muffin cup) and glue leaves cut out of green Fun Foam on either side of this peduncle.
My bunch of grapes
Give each child a piece of heavy cardboard. Invite them to glue a small broken tree branch vertically at the top of their piece of cardboard. Next, have them press a plastic bottle cap in purple or green poster paint and use it to make impressions under the branch to represent grapes. Let dry. Children can wrap a brown pipe cleaner around a crayon and glue it next to their branch to complete their bunch of grapes.
(Open models-Fruit) Print for each child. Have children color the fruit and cut them out. They can add faces and press a Popsicle stick behind each one to create puppets.
(Open fruity mobile) Print for each child. Have children color the items and assemble them to form a mobile. You can use a clothing hanger, a paper plate, or a perforated plastic container as a base for your mobile.
Trace or draw a fruit outline on a piece of paper for each child. Encourage them to fill the shapes with crumpled pieces of tissue paper.
Salt dough fruit
Provide salt dough (or modeling dough) and encourage children to use it to sculpt fruit shapes. Leave their creations out to dry. If you wish, add Kool-Aid powder to your dough to give it a fruity scent.
Trace pairs of fruit outlines on large pieces of cardboard. Staple the contour of identical shapes, leaving an unstapled portion at the top of each fruit. Have children stuff the giant fruit with newspaper before completely stapling them shut. Invite them to paint the fruit.
Have children press pieces of tissue paper, confetti, or scraps of colorful paper on adhesive paper. Press a second piece of adhesive paper on top and cut fruit shapes out of the paper. Hang them in front of a sunny window.
(Open coloring pages theme-Fruit) Print for each child.
The educatall team