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FOOD GAMES
 
In case you are wondering, I am not advocating having your child play with his food. I am referring here to the many learning games you can do with your child, using whole fruits and vegetables. Choose one or two of these types of games to play with your child the next time you are at the grocery store or at home before you put away the groceries.

HOT POTATO GAME
You will need a group of 5 or more children for this game.
Have children sit in a circle on the floor.
Give one of the children a potato.
Play some music and have children pass the potato to the person on their right.
The potato will go around the circle.
When you stop the music, the person holding the potato must move out of the circle.
The game continues until there is only one person left.
That person wins a small prize; such as, a sticker.
Continue playing while interest lasts.
 
VEGETABLE SONGS
PEAS PORRIDGE

Peas porridge cold,
Peas porridge hot,
Peas porridge seven days,
In the pot.

Some like it cold,
Some like it hot.
Some like it seven days,
In the pot.
                       Traditional

 
WEIGHING FOODS

You will need a small scale for this game.
Set out two fruits or vegetable and first have your child guess which one is the heaviest.
Let your child hold both foods and first give a guess as to which is the heaviest.
Then, one at a time have your child place the fruits or vegetables on the scale.
Together, read the scale and write down the weight.
Was your child correct with his guess, or was he wrong.
Continue with more fruits and vegetables while interest lasts.
 
MATCHING COLORS
Give your child a fruit or vegetable. Such as a banana.
Then have your child try to find another fruit or vegetable that is the same color.
 
FINDING PAIRS OF VEGETABLES
At home, place some vegetables on a table. Be sure that there are two of each kind of vegetable.
Mix up the vegetables and have your child find pairs of the same vegetable.
 
ALIKE BUT DIFFERENT
While at the grocery store, pick up a red apple and show it to your child.
Now ask your child to help you find an apple that looks like this one, only it is not red.
Hopefully, you child will find a green apple or a yellow apple.
When you are done examining the apples, ask your child, “How many different colors of apples did we find?”
 
COUNTING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Let your child help you bag your fruits and vegetables.
When you are done examining the apples, ask your child, “How many different colors of apples did we find?”
 
BIG, BIGGER OR BIGGEST
At home or at the grocery store, show your child two different sized zucchini’s (or any other fruit or vegetable).
Ask her which one is the biggest? Or Smallest?
Extension: If you are at home, lay out three zucchini’s of different sizes. Ask your child to put them in order of their size, from smallest to largest, or largest to smallest.
 
SINK OR FLOAT
Set out a tub of water and have various fruits available.
Pick up a fruit and ask your child if the fruit will sink or float in the water.
Let him place the fruit in the water to find out.
Continue with other fruit and other guesses.
 
TREASURE HUNT
While at the grocery store ask your child to help you find different fruits and vegetables.
Or you could turn this into an “I Spy” gave with the two of you taking turns spotting foods first.