We hope you enjoy these 7 activities that teach your preschool-aged kids about the letter "A" (and that veggies and fruit are fun!).
1. Read Books!
Here are some of our recommended books featuring veggies & fruit and the letter "A":
2. "A" is for Apple Craft
Both my 2 and 4 year old had fun with this craft! I cut out some apple seed shapes and drew the lower case letter "a" and apple stem on construction paper. My 4 year old was able to trace the word "Apple", cut out the "a" and stem and use a glue stick to put the picture together. I assisted my 2 year old through the whole craft, he particularly enjoyed using the glue stick!
3. Letter "A" Tracing
Download this FREE Letter "A" Tracing Sheet below:
4. Make Applesauce!
Enjoy this simple kid-friendly recipe for Applesauce (we added a carrot because this is Veggie Buds Club!). Your kids can help peel and chop the apples and carrot. Have them measure and add the apple juice and then observe the rest of the process.
5. Letter "A" Coloring Pages
Download these FREE Letter "A" Coloring Pages!
6. Apple-Toothpick Building
Here is a simple and fun "snacktivity" that is great for fine motor skills, problem solving, and encourages healthy eating. My 2 year old is not an apple fan (he's more of a berries and grapes guy) and he totally ate up these apple chunks on toothpicks!
7. Apple Oxidation Science Experiment
This is a simple science experiment for young kids! Even if they're too young to process why oxidation happens, it is still great to expose them to the idea of a "science experiment" and "observation". Make sure they observe what the apple halves look like at the beginning of the experiment vs. the end!
There are compounds in apples that turn brown when they are exposed to air which contain oxygen. This process is called oxidation. If you add an acid to the apple this prevents oxidation, and lemons are very acidic.
Want your kids to eat more veggies?
This month's featured veggie for Veggie Buds Club is the incredible carrot. Enjoy this delicious kid-friendly way to eat carrots from Happy Kids Kitchen!
This recipe was developed by Heather Staller, a mom of two boys, ages 5 and 3, and cooking instructor specializing in bringing cooking into preschool classrooms. After college, Heather knew she wanted to be a teacher, but first followed her lifelong dream of going to culinary school. Teaching cooking combines both of her passions, and she truly enjoys introducing young children to the joys of cooking with fresh ingredients. Find Heather on Instagram (@heather.happykidskithchen), where she shares inventive kid-friendly recipes and ideas for cooking with kids at home.
Show your child how to safely peel a carrot by standing behind him or her and holding the peeler together. Use different color carrots to make the dish even more fun!
Avocado Ranch Dip
Want some great products that teach kids to learn to love veggies?
Check out our shop for kid-safe knives, interactive placements, and veggie-themed activity boxes!
Our friend Heather from Happy Kids Kitchen is at it again with a new delicious and kid-friendly recipe! This month's featured veggie for Veggie Buds Club is the incredible carrot and Heather created two recipes, this "Tropical Carrot Smoothie" recipe and a "Carrot Chips with Ranch Dip" recipe (we'll post this one next week... the suspense!).
You can find interactive tools that teach kids to learn to love veggies including our "Crazy for Carrots!" box in our shop!
Heather is a mom of two boys, ages 5 and 3, and cooking instructor specializing in bringing cooking into preschool classrooms. After college, Heather knew she wanted to be a teacher, but first followed her lifelong dream of going to culinary school. Teaching cooking combines both of her passions, and she truly enjoys introducing young children to the joys of cooking with fresh ingredients. Find Heather on Instagram (@heather.happykidskitchen), where she shares inventive kid-friendly recipes and ideas for cooking with kids at home.
Like a tropical vacation in a glass! Kids will love measuring and adding ingredients to the blender, helping to chop the carrot, and pressing the buttons on the blender.