Let’s explore fruits and vegetables! Many of the fruits and vegetables activities pictured contain real photos. When introducing food and nutrition, it is a good idea to start with real images of food that your child/students will be able to recognise – food that is culturally relevant and grows locally.
The activities pictured here are a small peak into the comprehensive HOKA nutrition theme. You can discover more about the HOKA Club here. Where available outside of the HOKA Club, the separate resources are linked. HOKA Club members have access to these resources (and more) within their dashboard.
Names of Fruits Activities
Introduce your unit theme by exploring fruits (and vegetables). Practice vocabulary for any new fruits or vegetables you are studying.
You can see how we used our bilingual fruits 3-part cards. These cards are editable and come with 2 versions:
- Bilingual : English and Russian as pictured, but you can edit the text to fit your needs
- Single language: English and editable
Inside of Fruits
Let’s see what fruits and vegetables look like up close, and explore what they look like on the inside!
Children can look at the fruits up-close. You can present real fruits to the children alongside a magnifying glass. If you have a microscope, it could be very interesting to take samples and study them this way, too!
When doing this type of observation activity, it can be very worthwhile to keep paper and colouring pencils nearby. Some children may feel inspired to draw their observations. Maybe it could be fun to paint some fruit stills or create another form of artwork in this way!
Children can be very creative when they feel inspired and have the proper tools. Keep art supplies nearby and offer the opportunity for further exploration.
Fruits Close-up Cards
After studying real fruits (and/or vegetables) in this way, you can use our Fruits Close-up Cards.
These cards are available in both cursive and print. You can select the text that fits your needs.
There are three types of cards in this set – the close up of the fruit (a very zoomed in look at a real image), a labeled card with the full image of the fruit, and a control card with both and a label.
To take this activity to the “next” level, we tend to secure the circle cards to wooden disks. You can get them from craft supply store local to you.
Use Modge Podge to secure the circles onto the wooden disks.
Study what the insides of fruits and vegetables look like with these beautiful cards from I Believe in Montessori. Pair these fruits and vegetables activities with real fruits for the children to study.
Children can match the cards showing the insides of fruits to the full fruit cards. If you have the option, you can also offer real fruit to the children as pictured above.
Find the colour
You can use the circles from the Fruits Close-up Cards alongside a colour matching work.
Offer the circle cards alongside Montessori Colour Box 3. Children can look for the colour tablets that correspond to the fruits pictured on the cards.
Alternatively, you can offer real fruits and vegetables alongside the Colour Tablets.
These fruits activities feature images of real fruits and vegetables that children can sort by colour.
I offered the colour tablets from Colour Box 3 as well as the printable cards.
These fruits activities were made by the amazing Katherine from I Believe in Montessori for the Hands-on Kids Activities Club. It is available in her Teachers Pay Teachers store here.
HOKA Club members can access this resource in your nutrition theme or by request by sending us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See more of Katherine’s printables here.
You can also add several fruits and vegetables life cycles to this theme.
See the full collection of life cycles here.
You can set-up a taste test! If your child is comfortable, you can blindfold them. Next, offer a plate with different fruits. They can taste the different fruits.
If you are a parent, take your child(ren) to the store and ask them to pick out some new fruits or vegetables to try. They can help to prepare the fruits by washing, peeling and/or cutting them using child-sized kitchen tools.
Giving children so much choice in the foods they are choosing as well as the ability to participate in the preparation may help them to become more adventurous in the foods they eat! Yum!
What time is the picnic?
Let’s practice time! What time is our picnic? Children can use this interactive clock to make the time!
To make this clock, all you need to do is poke a hole in the center of the clock. Use a brad to secure the arrows on the clock.
To make the clock more durable, you can laminate the arrows and the page. This was not done for the photograph below to avoid the glare. However, for activities like this, laminating can really prolong the use and durability of the activity.
Now the children can spin the arrows to make the time.
The children can select one of the time cards. Next, they can make the time on the clock!
The cards available are appropriate for use with the 12-hour clock or the 24-hour clock. These are also blank cards included that you can edit to fit your needs.
Simply print the pages you need.
Use the number strips to practice number skills. This type of activity can be introduced to children after they have had exposure to numbers and counting. It is not a material that should be used to learn number quantities, but rather to reinforce number quantity.
Children can select a card. Next, they can use the provided images to count out the indicated quantity of each item.
You can offer the food item counters provided in the printable. Alternatively, you can use manipulatives that you have on hand, such as the Montessori beads.
Fine Motor Activities
Fine motor skills are essential for preschoolers. Preschool aged children can perform many tasks in order to strengthen their hands and work on those important fine motor activities! Let’s work on some fine motor fruits activities!
Sewing is such a phenomenal activity! You can usually find sewing work in Montessori classrooms. This is because of all of the amazing benefits that sewing has for children:
- Fine motor skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Finger dexterity
A work like this will require a great deal of concentration and patience. Children will tend to work meticulously to pull the string through each hole.
A sewing – or rather stringing – activity like this is a precursor to sewing using material. The holes punched on our fruit templates are fairly large. They are indicators for where the needle needs to go.
To make this activity, I printed the lacing fruit cards from my Fruits Activities Printables Pack. I punched holes along the border.
We used a larger, plastic needle and colourful, red yarn. Even though the tip is not sharp, we still practice keeping the point away from the fingers and how to use the needle safely.
You can use a hole puncher to make each of the indicated holes. Additionally, I would laminate the template for prolonged use.
(The image is not laminated for this photo due to the glare produced on the camera. The one on our shelves at home is usually laminated.)
Another set of fruits activities features pin poking.
Remember, the shapes they are poking out as well as the art afterward, are intended to offer the children a time to concentrate and develop their pincer grasp.
This work is not about perfection, nor is it about the end result. It is about the process! They are learning from completing their work in their own way.
Present the following materials to the child.
You will need:
- Pin poking printables
- Pin poker
- Bowl for keeping pin poker
- Foam mat
The child can hold the image up to the light to see if there are gaps between the holes.
Safety note: Whenever I present pin poking works, I always use a larger, jumbo stylus. This is because there have been cases of children swallowing small ones.
Please, please, please never leave your students/children unattended when using such materials.
Also, I only recommend using a large punch. You can get them here.
Seemi from Trillium Montessori has created a cooperative game for the HOKA nutrition theme. This is such a unique and fun set of fruits activities!
If you are a member, you can access this resource in the Hands-on Kids Activities Club or by request. If you are not yet a member of the HOKA community, you can purchase this bundle separately here.
This game is an opportunity to practice math and counting skills! It’s fun to play with friends, while simultaneously reinforcing counting skills!
Decode the message
Another special activity is this decode the message work!
A key is provided to children – each letter of the alphabet corresponds to an image of a fruit or vegetable. Please note: the images do not represent beginning sounds. They are just a “secret code”!
Next, children can select a solve the code card.
While looking at the key, they should find the letters that correspond to each image.
Afterwards, children will uncover a secret sight word!
An answer key is also provided and each “solve the code” card is numbered. Children can use the number in the bottom left-hand corner to check their work.
Get the printables
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Please do note: the full Nutrition theme and resources are available to HOKA Club members, including our guide that will help to break down the month. Our guide also has several tutorials showing you how to add hands-on activities to this theme. You can learn more about the HOKA programme here.
For now, you can download some of the materials included in this article above.