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Travel to an island destination

Let's go on a trip to a tropical island together!

 

Set the stage:

Tropical plants are easy to find. You may already have one in your home. If this is the case, use it to create a tropical décor. Use picture books to show children a variety of tropical plants. If you wish, you could also make your own palm trees using brown and green construction paper. Simply display them on a wall and don't forget to add a large sun.

 

You can also use construction paper to make multicoloured mobiles, garlands, and flowers. Keep in mind that on tropical islands, flowers are large and colourful.

 

Of course, don't forget to play island music.

 

As children arrive, give them a lei (flower necklace) and sunglasses.

 

Island gardening activity:

Children will love making their own tropical islands.

 

You will need:

  • Root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips)
  • Shallow plates (one per child)
  • Small decorative pebbles (available at the dollar store)

Cut each vegetable approximately 1.5 inch from the top. Add a small quantity of water to the bottom of the plate. Arrange the vegetables in the plate and add a little bit more water. Avoid completely submerging the vegetables. Add pebbles around the vegetables to decorate. Deposit the plates near a sunny window. Within a few days, leaves will begin to grow. Add water if necessary. Enjoy your miniature tropical islands!

 

A tropical plant:

 

You will need:

  • A flowerpot
  • A ripe pineapple
  • Dirt

Cut the pineapple close to the top, approximately two inches into the yellow part. Set the pineapple aside to dry (for about two days). Deposit a small amount of dirt in the bottom of the flowerpot. Add the pineapple to the flowerpot. Add a little bit more dirt on top, but avoid completely covering the pineapple, we must see part of it. New shoots will grow very quickly. This tropical plant smells wonderful.

Passion fruit:

 

You will need:

  • Different types of tropical fruit
  • A small basket
  • A small knife

Present the types of tropical fruit your basket contains to your group. Cut them open and explore the insides of each fruit. Observe the seeds. Of course, let children taste each type of fruit.

 

Pina Colada for kids:

End the day with this tropical treat.

 

You will need:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 cups of pineapple juice

Mix all the ingredients together and serve cold.

 

Enjoy your trip!

 

Claudine Richard
Early childhood educator


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