In the toddler 2 class, we decided to continue our study on citrus fruit by lining up the fruit on the light table for a different sensory experience and interactive experiment! We matched the watercolor paint to the shades of the fruit and displayed images of the exact same fruit. Moreover, we even had a bowl with pre-cut slices for the children to hold, smell, and taste (since we knew they would want to put the fruits in their mouths!)
The children spent most of the time exploring the fruit and increasing their vocabulary. At first they were referring to all of the fruit as “apples,” but they gradually progressed into calling the fruits by their correct names: lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, etc.
Color was a big topic of conversation during this activity, and we spent a considerable amount of time comparing, contrasting, and discussing the different colors.
The circular shape was introduced during this activity and we are beginning to see children create circular stokes with various writing, drawing, and painting utensils. At one point, one child began stacking the fruit slices on top of one another, however when she reached the grapefruit, she took everything down and reorganized her tower according to size. The child recognized the concepts of size, space, and balance while stacking the fruit slices and engaging in play… an incredible thing for a 2 year old!
The hallway smelled absolutely wonderful during this activity and it was incredibly refreshing! I’m sure you can tell from the photos that it was a visually stimulating experience as well. The teachers were even amazed at how beautiful the fruit looked on the light table!