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.
This activity has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of educators use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.
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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
- For information about fruits and vegetables in season: Seasonal Food Guide
- Cool Australia Consumption Toolbox
- Cool Australia Consumption video (below):
Cool Australia Presents Consumption (https://vimeo.com/85209033)
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS program.)