Skins and Shells Orchard Activities for Preschoolers
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This week, we're wrapping up our Orchard Harvest theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and our topics are related to Skins and Shells.
We learned about Walnuts and Chestnuts, Avocados, Bananas, and Peaches this week.
Each week, the Teacher Guide includes five STEAM Station ideas. This week, those ideas were Farmer's Market, Crack a Nut, Orchard Plot, Fruit Skins, and What Floats?
We shared our Farmer's Market Dramatic Play not too long ago and of course, the children are still really enjoying it.
Crack a Nut was a great technology idea for exploring hard shells versus the softs nuts inside.
We also combined a few of the STEAM station ideas and put together a fun, fruit and veggie-themed sink or float sensory bin activity that was perfect for preschoolers.
Throughout the week, while learning about various fruits and nuts, we practiced important math and literacy skills too.
We had an Orchard Race with the adorable board game that was included in this month's Experience Early Learning curriculum kit.
Not only was this game perfect for practicing counting skills, but also taking turns and communication skills.
Another wonderful game that was included this month was Fruity Letters, which was a matching card game, except the cards were in the shape of fruit.
The children took turns matching capital and lowercase letters to make matched fruit.
This week's Creative Art ideas were so unique and original. For example, when we learned about Avocados, we made Avocado Pit Art using bark, rubber balls, and paint.
The children had a great time with this as well as the other art activities we did this week.
Don't forget to check back next week as we get started with our On the Go theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).