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Preschool students love to talk about food, whether it’s what they have in their snack box, what they’re growing in the school vegetable garden, or what kind of foods are healthy or not. This bumper fruit and vegetable activity pack has a complete salad of activities for you to pick from, from a healthy eating sorting activity to fruit and vegetable bingo printables. Your students will be able to practice all sorts of skills from visual discrimination to starting letter sounds and even a bingo game to enjoy with friends.
Healthy Eating Sorting Activity and More!
What’s In Your Fruit And Vegetable Activity Pack
In this fruit and vegetable activity pack, you get five easy to use healthy eating activities as soon as you hit the download button:
1. Shadow matching – the first activity you’ll find is a shadow matching printable for preschool. This is a great way to teach visual discrimination, where students have to learn to identify objects based on their physical properties. In this activity, students have to match the fruit or vegetable with their shadow, or vice versa. Students could play this independently and see how quickly they can match the pictures and shadows, or as a collaborative game and take turns finding healthy matches.
2. Beginning sounds – the next activity is one that will fit with your early literacy centers. Students will see a picture of different fruits and vegetables with a series of letters by the side. They will have to say the name of the healthy food out loud and listen for the beginning sound. They can then show their answer with a marker or wooden clip, and you can make this a self-checking activity by putting the correct answer on the back.
3. Bingo – you’ll then find a set of fruit and vegetable bingo printables. There are four playing cards and a call-out sheet, which you’ll need to cut out ahead of time. You could have students work in pairs as you read the fruits and vegetables out loud, or have students take turns being the leader and read the words out for each other.
4. Food sorting – being able to classify objects based on different properties is a key preschool skill for science and for math. The healthy eating sorting activity included in this fruit and vegetable activity pack gives you a great starting conversation about what foods are healthy and which ones should be eaten in moderation. Students can then complete the sorting activity using the included T chart, and you can extend this by having them draw further foods that would fit under each column.
5. I spy – finally, you get two sets of fruit and vegetable I spy. This is another great visual discrimination activity, as students have to match the shape that they’re looking for in the bigger field. The first I spy sheet challenges students to find as many of each fruit and vegetable as they can, which makes it a perfect timed challenge. The second sheet tells students how many of each fruit and vegetable there are, so students practice counting and know when the worksheet is completed.
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Fruit and Vegetable Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on letters, phonics, numbers and more!
1) Coconut Read It, Write It, Make It Mats – The mat can be laminated and you can write any word you choose on it. I have also included 40 pre-primer sight words that you can use.
2) Lemon Letter Writing Strips – uppercase letters included.
3) Peas and Carrots Alphabet Matching – 2 piece puzzles can be used on its own, in a sensory tub or as an alphabet hunt around the room.
4) Picnic Basket Syllable Sorting – 24 picture cards included that need to be sorted into 1, 2 or 3 syllables
5) Pineapple Pick and Cover Letters – Pick up a letter card and find it on the pineapple themed mat. Continue playing until all letters have been covered.
6) Watermelon Counting Clip Cards – Kids will work on counting up to 20 as well as improve their fine motor skills in this game.
7) Fruit and Vegetable Simple Sums to 10 – Set of 12 addition cards and another set of 12 subtraction cards included with a recording sheet.
8) Fruit and Vegetable Color Clip Cards – Use a wooden peg or clothespin to match the color of the fruit or vegetable shown
9) Fruit and Vegetable Measurement Cards – Set of 12 picture cards included with recording sheet
10) Fruit and Vegetable Number Puzzle Strips – Puzzles for 1-10, 11-20, skip counting by 2s and 5s included.
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More Free Food Themed Printables:
1) Burger Stand Math Fun – This burger-themed printable will help your students do simple addition in their heads in such a fun way and introduce them to the concept of calculating money as they manage a pretend cafe.
2) Fruit and Vegetable Color Clipcards – Preschoolers and kindergarteners will learn to identify colors while working on their fine motor strength.
3) Peanut Butter and Jelly Alphabet Matching – 2 piece puzzles where your students will learn to match upper to lowercase letters.
4) Ice Cream Measurement Cards – Kids work on math and measurement in this summer-themed ice cream printable.
5) Count The Marshmallows 1-10 – Kids love marshmallows – eating them, playing with them, and now, they’ll love counting them too!
6) Gingerbread Number Puzzle Strips – Set of 3 differentiated gingerbread-themed number puzzles including one with dice representation.
7) Farmers Market Activities Pack – This pack of 5 activities is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about healthy eating.
8) Autumn Apples I Spy – 3 differentiated levels of I Spy games perfect for an apple-themed learning unit.
9) Fruit and Vegetable Activity Pack – Preschool fruit and vegetable activity pack of 5 printable games.