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Fruits Basket Craft 
Apple, Banana, Pear | Nutrition
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AlphabetLetter F > F is for Fruits

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*Eating the Alphabet:  Fruits and Vegetables by Lois Ehlert

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Printable Fruit Basket Craft

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*March > National Nutrition Month
*June: Vegetables & Fruit Month

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Learn about fruits

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Let's have some fun with three fruits today: 

Activity: Fruits > Apple, banana, and pear
Visit Dole and share some fun facts about these fruits.  Show the children these attractive and easy recipes and plan on making one soon!  

Sensory experience:  For this presentation it would be great to have the actual fruits on hand to touch, smell and taste.  

Have some cut-up fruit ready for snack with the children's favorite topping or  their favorite yogurt.

Visit the links below for presentations for  each fruit featured in the fruit basket craft.

Apple - A Fruit with A-peel
a presentation to learn about the fascinating history of this delicious fruit.
Fun and easy ways to eat and kid recipes

Bananas the Most Popular Fruit in the U.S. a presentation to learn about the fascinating history of this delicious fruit.
Fun and easy ways to eat bananas at Dole

Pear - Fun and easy ways to eat and kid recipes

Activity #2:  Fruits Basket Craft 
Here is a craft that will help the children remember to eat delicious fruits and it can be used as a note holder or just as a cute decoration.. 

Print the templates of your choice in color or black and white.  

Ideally the black and white version is more challenging so they can color or paint.  Apples and pears come in a variety of colors.

The basket can be printed directly onto any color of construction paper  or card stock, and then the fruits in black and white.

Idea:  Instead of the fruits template, these can be substituted using pictures from your favorite local grocery or fresh market store circular.  The basket can be decorate with fruits that are in season and/or that are native to your area.

Cut out images, older children may be able to practice their scissor cutting skills particularly with the basket image.

1. You can choose to cut out the basket to make a nice decoration or simply leave as is and the children can glue the vegetables.

2.  Write the first letter of the vegetable inside the each fruit image.

Idea:  Note Holder or Decoration.
After the basket is completed, you can add a piece of magnet sheet to the back to put on the refrigerator, or glue a small piece of card board to the back of the handle to reinforce it, use a punch hole and add a string or ribbon to hang on a wall.  Affix a post-it note pad to the front of the basket.

Alphabet Activities: F is for Fruits
This a wonderful opportunity to present letter F.

Fruits coloring book:  Make a selection of fruits coloring pages to make a coloring book.

Great Books About Fruits & Vegetables:
Here are some great books to include with any activity about nutrition:  fruits and vegetables -- check them out at your library:


** Eating the alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Ages:  1-3
This colorful alphabet book shows fruits and vegetables juicy and alive.  A great way to get the children interested in eating their veggies and introducing the alphabet.  Available in board book edition for toddlers.

Remember you need to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables day!

Fruit Basket Craft
Fruits Basket Craft - Apple, Banana and Pear
Craft templates
*black template

*black & white

Alphabet printable activities >
F is for Fruits

Fruits coloring pages

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