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VEGETABLE GAMES

NAME THE VEGETABLE
This can be a game with just one child or a small group.
First, set up a vegetable display table with 4 or 5 different seasonal vegetables.
Have your children come up and hold each vegetable and repeat the vegetables name.
Then, place the vegetables in a bag.
Have the children take turns reaching into the bag, grabbing a vegetable and naming the vegetable before they pull it out of the bag.
 
VEGETABLE SOUP GAME

This is a group game that teaches memory skills.
Set out a large cooking pot.
Have your children stand around the pot.
Tell them that your are going to make some vegetable soup but that you need their help.
Taking turns, each child pretends to toss a vegetable into the pot.
The hard part of the game is that when it is your turn, you have to remember all the other vegetables that have been placed into the pot and then add your own, in the proper order.
Example: There have already been carrots, peas, tomatoes put into the pot and you want to add onions. You must say, "We're making vegetable soup today and we're adding carrots, peas, tomatoes and then you say onions".
Continue as long as abilities or interest lasts.
 
Variation: A simpler version of this game would be to just let each child call out vegetable names as they think of them and pretend to throw them into the pot.
 
VEGETABLE MOVEMENT GAME
In this activity, children make simple hand motions while you sing the following song.
 
THE VEGETABLE SOUP SONG
Tune: "The Mulberry Bush"
 
This is the way we wash our vegetables,
Wash our vegetables, wash our vegetables.
This is the way we wash our vegetables
So early in the morning. Continue with other verses, such as;

This is the way we peel our vegetables.
This is the way we chop our vegetables.
This is the way we add our vegetables.
This is the way we stir our vegetables.
This is the way we serve up our vegetables.
This is the way we eat our vegetables.
Jean Warren
 
VEGETABLE COLOR MATCH UP
This is a felt board color game.
Make a set of felt vegetable shapes, make 2 of 5 different colors.
Example:
Red - Tomatoes and red peppers
Green - Green beans and spinach
Yellow - Corn and yellow squash
Orange - Carrots and sweet potatoes
White - Onions and potatoes
Let your children take turns at your felt board pairing sets of vegetables.
 
Extension: Use your vegetable shapes for other games, such as naming or counting vegetables.
 
VEGETABLES UP OR DOWN
This game will help your child learn to categorize.
Set out some vegetables for your child to see.
Discuss how each vegetable grows.
Then have your child sort the vegetables.
If the part of the vegetable that we eat grows above the ground, have them put it into one pile and if the part we eat grows under the ground place it in another pile.
You may want to check your library for books that include pictures of common vegetables growing.
 
Variation: You might also let your child sort the vegetables by size, color or whether or not the vegetable has seeds.
 
VEGETABLE SOUP GAME (2)

1) Sit in a circle with a group of children.
2) Give each child a plastic or real vegetable.
3) Tell them you are going to make some vegetable soup.
4) Call out a vegetable and the child holding that vegetable places it in the middle.
 
VEGETABLE SOUP GAME (3)
1) Collect pairs of plastic vegetables from kitchen play sets (or use pictures).
2) Have your children sit in a circle and give each one a vegetable to hold.
3) Call out the name of one of the vegetables.
4) Have the two children holding those vegetables stand up and trade places.
5) Repeat for each vegetable pair.
6) Then call out two or three vegetables at a time and have all of those children switch places.
7) Finally, call out “Vegetable Soup!” and have everyone switch.
 
MEMORY GAME
1) Have your children sit in a circle.
2) Begin this game by saying, “I’m going to the grocery store to buy some (name a vegetable.)
3) Have the child sitting next to you say exactly what your said and then add one more vegetable.
4) Continue as many times as you can.
5) When there are too many items to remember, start over with just one item.
Variation: Challenge your children to name just fruits, or only healthy foods.