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By Bev HarroldReception teacher and early years consultant

Explore different tastes in fruit, colours and clothes

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My favourite things

1 Fruity baby

Taste a variety of different types of fruit

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Exploration and Investigation

Development matters: describe and talk about what they see (30-50 months); explain own knowledge and understanding, and ask appropriate questions of others (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: find out about, and identify, some features of living things, objects and events they observe.

What you need

Group size: small group.

Avocado Baby by John Burningham (Red Fox); blunt knife; chopping board; small dishes; variety of fruit such as apple, banana, pear, grapes, papaya, star fruit, mango and avocado pear.

What to do

Read Avocado Baby to the children. Talk about how we all need to eat a variety of foods in order to stay healthy.

Ask for parental permission for the children to taste and handle foods, and check for any food allergies and dietary requirements. Show the children a variety of fruits, including some unusual ones such as papaya and star fruit. Let the children examine the whole fruit by looking at, feeling and smelling it. Help the children to notice and discuss the differences between the fruit. Ask the children to predict what the fruit will look like inside when you cut it.

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