Circle Time Discussion
Begin your circle time by reading a book about carrots and gardening, The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. After the story, move onto activities that will enhance your preschool lesson on carrots that are included in this article.
The carrot is one vegetable where the root is the edible part of the plant. Show the children a carrot and point out the orange root we eat and the green leaves that grow on top of the ground. Ask the children if they like carrots? Do they like them crunchy or cooked?
Bring in some carrot pieces, some raw and some cooked. Encourage your group to nibble each type of carrot and cast their votes in this activity. Make a poster with three sections: one with a picture of crunchy raw carrots, the next with a dish of cooked carrots and the last section with an unhappy face meaning they don't like carrots at all. Next cut out orange carrot shapes and print each child's name on them.
After the taste test, invite each child to tape his/her carrot on the graph to show their preference. After all the votes have been cast, count the carrots in each column and compare the totals.
Talk about other ways carrots can be served (carrot strips, carrot slices, shredded carrots, boiled carrots, and mashed carrots).