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Skins and Shells Orchard Activities for Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of preschool skins and shells activities with text: Skins & Shells Activities for Preschoolers

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.

sensory bin filled with nuts and shells

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.

children exploring fruit and fruit skins in water sensory bin

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.

orchard race gameboard and game pieces on table

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.

fruity letters activity with fruit-shaped matching cards

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.

preschooler making avocado pit art

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).


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