Quick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about why healthy food and water are important. While educators keep food safety and potential allergies in mind, children try some seasonal foods they may have not tried before. This aligns with the Australian Healthy Eating Guideline number 7:
- Encourage children to try different food types and textures in a positive eating environment.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8;30-9:30pm.
EYLF Learning Outcome
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners
1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
Equipment needed: You can choose to provide a range of different fruits (Option A) or different varieties of the same fruit (Option B). When selecting this activity (Option 1 or 2) check with the children’s health forms / parents in case of any known allergies to food, particularly fruits. If in any doubt, there are plenty of other Enviroweek activities to undertake.
- Option A: Fruits of Winter - Enough small pieces of the following fruits for everyone to sample:
- Navel oranges
- Option B: Pairs of Pears - Enough small pieces of the following pear varieties for everyone to sample (Note: We’ve chosen pears for this activity because pears are a fruit to which very few people are allergic. In addition, these varieties are usually available in stores in August. Having just 3 or 4 varieties to sample would be fine.):
- Packham’s Triumph
- Buerre Bosc
- Winter Nelis
- Corella / Forelle
- Red Anjou
- Healthy eating guidelines for preschoolers: Get up and Grow
- For information about fruits and vegetables in season: Seasonal Food Guide
- Cool Australia Consumption Toolbox
- Cool Australia Consumption video (below):
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.)