Sometimes we forget that to young children, even simple things like a piece of fruit are a curiosity to be explored. Visit your local farmers market and have your child(ren) help you pick out some fruits. Preferably at least one they are familiar with and one that is new in order to do this activity later.
When you get home (or when you want to do the activity), rinse the fruit and sit at the table with your child(ren).
Offer them the whole fruit to feel, look at, and smell. Describe with them or for them what they sense. "How does it feel on your hand?" "That scratchy part surprised you!" Encourage them to smell it or look closely if that don't do this on their own.
Then cut it open or peel it in front of them and offer them a taste. Talk about what you are tasting and how the inside looks and feels different.
Super simple - but for a toddler that is often all it takes to help them form connections.
Fruits (variety available at your local farmers' market)
Knife (for parent use only)
*Try with more fruits or vegetables
*Make a fruit salad together or a themed snack like our yellow snack
*Chart your favorites
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