Focus on a fruit theme with a fruit market stall role-play activity. Set up a stall with a counter, canopy, sign, baskets and large bowls filled with fruit models, shopping baskets, paper bags, balance scales, aprons, cash register, play money and shopping lists with words and pictures. Read ‘Oliver's Fruit Salad’ by Vivian French and then come together to make fun fruity fondue.
Prepare the bananas. The children can practice peeling the skin. You may need to start this off for them. They can then place the peeled bananas onto a chopping board and either break them apart into chunks, or cut into chunks with a table knife. If you have a crinkle cutter, this can be a fun way to introduce children to chopping. To practice other fine motor skills, you could slice the banana with the skin on (using a paring knife) and then let the children practice pulling the strips of peel from each slice. Add the chunks of banana to the platter.
Peel the tangerines. You can start it off and show the children how to use their fingers to pull off pieces of the skin. Alternatively you can break the tangerine in half and the children can pull out the segments and separate them. Show them how to hold the segments up to the light to check for pips. Add the tangerine segments to the platter.
Plunge the grapes into the bowl of water and ask the children to gently wash. Pat them dry with a clean cloth. The children can pluck the grapes from the stalks. Note the different colours of grapes. Ask: ‘Is the taste different too?’ Add the grapes to the platter.
Make the strawberry yoghurt fondue dip. Put the strawberries into the zip lock bag. Press most of the air out and close the zip. Let the children pass the bag around the table so that everyone can take a turn squashing the strawberries with the palm of their hands by pressing the bag onto the table. Discuss how this feels and how the appearance of the strawberries changes. Tip the squashed strawberries into the soup bowl with the Greek yoghurt and mix to combine. Add a little honey to taste, depending on the sweetness of the strawberries.
Give each child a skewer or fork and let the fondue fun begin as they spear the fruit pieces and dip into the strawberry yoghurt. If double-dipping is a concern, adapt the presentation with individual fondues.
Introduce some dramatic play by getting the children to imagine that they are a tiny fruit seed, curled up in a ball in the soil. Then they are watered and the sun shines. Slowly they begin to sprout, push out leaves, grow bigger and bigger into a plant. The bees visit them and they flower and fruit.
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