Preschool Vegetables Theme

In this unit, preschool vegetables theme children will learn about healthy foods. Children will taste many kind of vegetables, learn how vegetables are grown and having fun with vegetables theme-related activities.

What are the objective ?

In preschool vegetables theme, children may learn :

  1. Mention common vegetables such as : carrot, cucumber, tomato, pumpkin, radish, broccoli, corn etc.
  2. Preparation of vegetable for eating.
  3. How does vegetables taste.
  4. Why we must eat vegetables.
What are the concepts for the children ?
  1. There are many kind of vegetables.
  2. Vegetables come in many shape, size and color.
  3. We can buy fresh, canned or frozen vegetables.
  4. Vegetables have different names.
  5. Vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked, eat with skin or we have to peel it first.
  6. Vegetable is good for our body.
  7. Vegetables need water and sunlight to grow.

Learning Center Activities

ART CENTER

Vegetables Prints. Prepare some firm vegetables such as carrot, okra, potato, green pepper, etc. Cut it in half. Drain on paper towel to remove excess juice. The children dip the vegetables in paint and press the vegetable on paper.

Vegetable Mobile. Print out vegetables. (a new window will open) Ask children to color it. For older children you can ask them to cut it by themselves, for younger children help them to cut it. From the cardboard cut four 12 cm diameter of circle. Paste the vegetables picture each side. Punch a hole to each circle. Tie yarn to middle of stick to hang by, and then tie the vegetable picture to hang down from stick.

Variations : Have children draw by themselves or cut their favorite vegetables from old magazine.

Find another wonderful project for preschool art activities.


BLOCK CENTER

Build a Garden. Using blocks and plastic plants, build a garden to grow plants.

Go to block center to find another activity.


DRAMATIC CENTER

Set up a Vegetable Stand. Provide the children plastic fruits, a cash register, play money and bags. Create name cards “seller”, “buyer” and “cashier“ for children to wear around their neck. Encourage the children for buy, sell and pack the vegetables. The children can take turns being a buyer, seller or cashier.

Find another great activity for symbolic play.


LANGUAGE CENTER

Skill : Sight Words

Making Favorite Vegetables List. Ask children to mention their favorite vegetable. Write it down, after all the children have turn, read again. Write the list on the cardboard, and hang it on the wall. Children will like it !

Skill : Writing and Reading.

Making Vegetables Book. Make a book for each child by stapling few piece of paper between construction paper. Prepare some picture from magazine. Let the children write the title of their book : “My Vegetable Book”. The children will paste vegetable picture to the individual pages. Write down the name of vegetables on the board. Encourage children to copy the names of the vegetables to the appropriate picture.

Wonderful idea for preschool language activities for you to learn about and share with your children.


MANIPULATIVE CENTER

Skill : Sewing

Vegetables Lacing Card. Make your own sewing card from cardboard. Print out vegetables, (a new window will open) paste it on the cardboard. Make holes punch at the edges. Use yarn to sew with. Wrap the end of the yarn with cellophane to make it stiff.

Skill : Twisting and Turning

Jar lids. Find several size of discarded plastic jar. Ask the children to match the lids to the appropriate jars, then screw and unscrew it.

A list of fine motor activities


MATH CENTER

Skill : Comparing

Favorite Vegetable Bar Graph. Ask children their favorite vegetable. List some vegetables on the cardboard. Count how many children like the particular vegetable. Graph the number of children. Hang the poster on the wall.

Preschool math activities can be used to teach children math.


SCIENCE CENTER

Science Center

Vegetable Tasting Center. Cut small piece of vegetables, raw and cooked. Encourage children to taste and compare different vegetables. Ask children compare them to same vegetable cooked.

Colored Celery Stalk. Prepare 2 plastic cups, half fill with water. Add few drops food coloring : red in one cup and blue in the others. Cut up the middle of leafy celery stalk. Put half of the celery stalk on the blue cup and the other half in red cup. Put the celery stalk in the cup at warm, light place. Look at the celery after an hour. What has happened to the stalk? Leave your experiment for a night and then look at it again. What do the leaves look like now? It will show how water travels through the stalk and into its leaves.

Teacher hint : Why the celery change color? As the celery leaves transpire, water is pulled up the stalk and into the leaves, through narrow canals called xylem vessels. Because each vessel leads to a different part of the plant, half the leaves turn blue and half the leaves turn red.

Includes all of preschool science activities for the young scientist.


COOK WITH KIDS

Carrot Soup

Serve : 8

Ingredients:
4 tablespoon butter
4 potatoes, diced
2 liters chicken stock
1 cup yoghurt
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 kg carrot, sliced
2 onions, chopped
4 tablespoon chopped herbs

Method :

  1. Melt butter in saucepan, add carrot, garlic and onion. Sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in potato, reduce heat, and cover for 5 minute.
  2. Pour in the chicken stock. Bring it to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, cover for 15 minutes.
  3. Puree soup in food processor. Serve in soup bowl, add a spoon full of yoghurt and sprinkle the herbs.

Look at another recipes in kids recipes for young chef.


FIELD TRIP

Visiting a Farm. Bring children to farm. Ask to the farmer to show to the children how the vegetables grow on the farm. Let children observe the farmer growing, picking and/or selling the vegetables. Observe some vegetable plant. Some vegetables grow at trees, vines, or underground etc.

This is a good idea for preschool field trip.


GROSS MOTOR SKILL

Going to Cook Veggie Soup. The children sit in a circle. The first children says, “I am going to cook veggie soup and I am putting (names a vegetable).” The second children repeats what the first children say and add one vegetable. The game continues with each person adding a vegetable to the list. If someone forgets, the game starts over again.

Contains exciting fun games for gross motor skill.


SONG AND RHYME

We Like Vegetable
(sing to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”)

Do you like veggie, do you like veggie
Yes, we do ! Yes, we do !
Tomato and spinach,
Potato and carrot.
Yum, yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum, yum

Contains song and rhymes related to your themes.

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