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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Learning Fun With Food

I am getting ready to present to a group of preschool parents where one of my "bestest" gal pals teaches preschool. :) I will be discussing Kindergarten Readiness and Learning Activities Parents can create at home. One of the things I love to share with PreK through second grade parents is using food to make learning fun. I always am using food with my own 3 and 6 year old. I used it in my classroom all the time to trick the kiddos into learning!!!

Let's set the scene: Summer will be here soon and there will be a few days where you will be inside with hungry kiddos. Maybe you are at the park and need a little break from running around. You hand out a package of rainbow goldfish or your child's favorite fruit snack... The kiddos eat it quickly and run off! You could have taken advantage of so much learning fun with that little pack of goldfish or fruit snacks! Sorting, counting, graphing, talking about less and more.... Did you realize how much learning can come out of snacking?

I want to share a few of the sheets I created to make snack learning an easy job for mommy and teacher...

Here you will see my Rainbow Gold Fish Sorting, Graphing, and even an Eating Game!!!! Feel free to print the pages out and use them with your kiddos and classroom.
Pepperidge Farm makes Goldfish Colors Baked Snack Crackers. – They come in a box or bag. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, & purple. After reading the Rainbow Fish you could use the fish for many different activities. Give each student a baggie filled with fish. Have them count and sort the fish by colors. You may also wish to have them graph the fish they have in their baggie.

How about those fruit snacks... Here is a smiley face graph and sorting sheet for you to download. I found the smiley face fruit snacks at Walmart.

My daughter doesn't like to eat fruit snacks, but she loves to sort them and then give them to big brother to eat.

Pretty soon the summer marshmallows will be out... don't forget to grab a bag for this activity!!!

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Blogger jewelryandgiftsbyrebecca said...

Thanks for all the fun learning ideas! Have fun with your presentation.

April 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous amyt. said...

These activities are great! I've done them in my preschool classroom! I especially love Valentine's Day and the conversation hearts or Easter with jellybeans. Thanks for all the great ideas!

April 21, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger jennwa said...

Those are fun learning worksheets.Thanks for sharing them.

I love using food and snacks for learning too.

April 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Great ideas. Thanks for the printables!

April 24, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Nicki said...

Those are swesome ideas! I should be writing all these down! (let me find a pen...)

April 25, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

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