In a previous provocation the children explored pineapple using grilled pineapples and mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar. When the children took the first bite they were asking for more.
In this provocation we used the leftovers of the pineapple so the children can learn about texture, since the inside feels like slime with a yellow color and the other side is bumpy with a different color. This helped the children with their sense of touch. We provided two colors, green and yellow paint to represent and emphasize the color of pineapple. The children also had a chance to taste once again!
One child smelled the fruit and then another child did the same. Then they were asked if it smelled good, and many shook their head yes. Another child sliced the pineapple with green using an up and down motion. One child was more interested in painting but not on the slice sitting on the paper. Another child took a bite of the slice then gave a big smile to the teacher. The purpose of the project was for the children to explore different possibilities with the pineapple since typically at this age they are only familiar with eating the pineapple.
This exploration provided an engaging experience for the children to understand the concept of texture by using their sense of touch as they explored the pineapple. This allowed the children to practice their fine motor skills while highlighting color recognition by associating bright neon yellow and lime green paint with pineapple. Asking the children their taste preference for pineapple not only demonstrates their ability to use their taste buds but shows the students that their opinions are valued in their learning environment.
By giving the children an opportunity to explore new things with pineapples promotes creativity. We will continue to use the pineapple and other foods for the children to explore as we develop the curriculum in our classroom.
“In Reggio the process of learning involves making connections and relationships between feelings, ideas, words, and actions.”
–Debbie LeKeenan and John Nimmo