We have continued looking at healthy eating this week in Nursery and explored the story that followed on from 'Oliver's Vegetables' - 'Oliver's Fruit Salad'. A main theme from both stories was Oliver's reluctance to try new foods, especially ones that were healthy. Therefore, we had a tasting session on Monday to introduce foods to children's that they may not have tried or have been reluctant to eat before and encouraged them to try a range of foods. The children did brilliantly, trying everything and really enjoyed the experience.
Throughout the week, we have identified healthy foods and unhealthy foods and sorted them appropriate into different groups. We have explored what 'vitamins and minerals' are and identifies what foods they may be in and how they can help our bodies stay healthy and give us energy. We developed this concept by exercising and performing different movements then eating pretend fruit and vegetables to restore our used energy. The children had so much fun moving around, pretending to loose their energy and then refueling themselves and really helped their understanding of the impact of healthy eating.
We have also been exploring more colour mixing and tried to paint fruits likes, grapes, limes, pears and oranges when we only started with primary colours. Children experimented well to make new colours so they could paint a variety of fruits. We have also develop physical and mathematical skills by making fruits salad recipes in the water tray. The children followed careful instructions to match corresponding quantities to amounts requested. We have also explored counting objects separately and 'altogether'. Children have made a plate of fruits from playdough and have identified how many apples they made and how many strawberries they made and have counted how many pieces of fruit they have had all together!