Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Fun Stories About Delicious Fruits
Inspire Your Child to Eat More Fruit
Olaf Hajek's Fantastic Fruits is a gorgeous book with fun stories about fruits and engaging illustrations that fill the pages with colorful and intriguing illustrations of all kinds of fruits. Do you know what "pomology" is? Pomology is the science of fruit! Pomologists study fruits according to their appearance, taste, and how they grow. There is a wealth of intriguing knowledge in Fantastic Fruits for children to learn about the variety of fruits that are available. Annette Roeder writes engaging texts for each fruit with fun facts about each featured fruit.
Children love fruit salad. The number one reason that children love fruit salad is the abundant fruits that come in all sorts of beautiful colors.
The stories from fruits that are gathered for this intriguing book are told by "fruit models". The sources of the fruits that are featured on each page are documented. Did you know that the pineapple can be found in South America, Asis, Africa, and Spain? The "fruit models" that are featured on each page offer fun facts about their featured fruit along with stories that entice children to taste each fruit. The "melon model" offers a suggestion for baking bread with the kernals from the melon.
A magical fairytale about the pineapple is included at the conclusion of Olaf Hajek's Fantastic Fruits.
Children are encouraged to read labels when they shop for fruits in the grocery store to discover the origin of the fruits. They are also encouraged to learn about "Fair Trade" in growing and marketing the fruits for our fruit salad. The term "organic" is also important in learning about fruit.
Olaf Hajek's Fantastic Fruits is a great resource for encouraging children to eat more fruit. It was published by Prestel Publishers and has an ISBN of 978-3-7913-7506-9.
"Fruit Models" in Colorful Illustrations Fill the Pages With Fun Stories and Facts
Bring Fantastic Fruits Into the Classroom for Cooking and Learning Activities
Learning about the variety of fruits offers teachers a wealth of ideas for activities to bring into the classroom. Science and math activities can be introduced with fruits. Learning about the origins of each fruit offers the opportunity for activities with geography. There is also a wealth of classroom-friendly recipes that can be prepared with fruit.
*Introduce each fruit from Fantastic Fruits. Read the story as told by the "fruit model". Bring in the chosen fruit that you plan to use in an activity each day for children to taste. Tasting parties are always a fun activity for children to participate in. Create a class graph of "Like" and "Dislike" for each fruit from the book that you introduce to the students. Creating a graph of the likes and dislikes is an great math activity to incorporate into learning each fruit.
*Have a globe available for children to locate the country or countries of origin for each fruit.
*Create a science activity to learn about fruits with seeds. Bring in chosen fruits from the book that have seeds for the students to examine.
*Group the fruits from the book according to colors. This activity encourages students to learn classification skills.
*Create a language activity with the fruits from the book by arranging the names of the fruits in alphabetical order.
*Bring in samples of jams and jellies that are created with some of the fruits from Fantastic Fruits. Have a tasting party-provide crackers to serve with the jams or jellies. Create a graph of favorites.
*Have students bring in a favorite fruit from the book to create a class fruit salad as a cooking activity. Offer offer plain yogurt as a dressing for the salad.
*Provide child-friendly skewers for children to create fruit kabobs. This was a special favorite with my students in my own classroom. I introduced the math skill of patterning when we made our kabobs.
Get your students and children excited about fruit!
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