written by: Akili Amina
• edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom
• updated: 3/2/2012
Teach preschool children how to cook and learn about geography at the same time. Have fun working together to create a delicious tropical fruit salad.
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Kids love to help in the kitchen, so why not teach them food safety while talking with them about the great places the foods actually are grown? You can enjoy creating a neat recipe with your children, and learn more about the origins of the foods that you are busy preparing. The preschool fruit lesson offered below is a quick and easy way to get started!
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This salad consists of five ingredients that must be sliced or peeled and then tossed into a bowl. Afterward, the juice mixture is poured over the salad and chilled. You may want to have notes handy as a reminder to keep up with your talking points or interesting facts about the foods. This will help to keep both the conversation and fun rolling. Questions may pop up, so it is best to be prepared by having some of your answers ready.
2 cups of seedless red grapes
1 cup of cubed and peeled papaya
2 kiwi fruit, sliced and peeled
1 cup of pineapple cubed
1 cup of shredded coconut
3 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
Give each child a plastic knife for cutting.
Using a cutting board, slice or peel each type of fruit and put in the bowl.
Take a spoon and have the kids help you toss the fruit around the bowl.
Give them each a small handful of coconut and allow them to sprinkle it over the fruit.
Whisk the honey and lime juice together. Pour mixture over salad. Cover with plastic wrap & chill for 20 minutes
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Tropical Fruit Lesson Plan
While you and your preschool children are preparing the food, there are some things you will want to discuss with them. You should discuss how the food reached their local grocers or why it is best to clean all fruits and veggies before consuming them. There are many other topics you can discuss during this fun preschool lesson - for instance, the shapes of the foods and their colors. Below are the lesson plan talking points to get you started:
papayas: are grown in Hawaii and are a large herb that grows on a stalk- color, deep yellow
red grapes: are grown in almost every country and they grow on a vine, three years after being planted- color deep red or purple
kiwi: are grown in China and in the U.S. in the state of California, they grow on a vine- color, green and brown
pineapple: originally in Brazil, but migrated here in southern Florida, they grow as a plant- color, yellow
coconut: originally South Asia or South America, they grow on a large palm tree about 30m tall usually- color, white
Note: You could mark off the places on the map or globe before starting for quicker reference. Spending time with your kids is valuable, but teaching them at the same time ensures that they are healthy and smart.