The grocery store had some soft Fuyu persimmons (the flatter ones) and some hard Hachiya persimmons (the taller ones), so we got one of each and told the teenage cashiers we’d report back. Continue reading “Ingredient Exploration: Persimmon”
Belle got hungry and distracted and wanted blueberries. But then didn’t want blueberries, because she’s a toddler. Then she grabbed an ice cube tray and created her own activity. Continue reading “Occupying Belle While I Finish, Part 2”
After our pomegranate exploration, I realized I didn’t do everything I meant to with Belle. There were tons of extension activities I could have done:
- See if the seeds and skin floated or sank
- Match the color of the pomegranate with a marker, crayon, or colored pencil (and maybe tried drawing circles)
- Put some paint on the inside of the skin and test it as a stamp
- Take some seeds and smash and smear them
- Talk about the sounds it makes if you shake it, rip it open, and/or bite into it
- Decide whether the whole fruit is bigger or smaller than an apple, or if the seeds are bigger or smaller than an apple’s seeds (or any other handy object)
- Break out the kitchen scale and look at the numbers (Belle is a little young to compare decimals if we tried to decide if it or an apple were heavier)
- See if we can make juice with a mortar and pestle
- Pretend to feed it to an appropriate toy
To help me remember all I wanted to do next time, I created a worksheet (with a few graphics to help my prereader understand). I’m including it here as a free printable in case you want to explore in the kitchen with your munchkin!
When Belle was a baby, I was meticulous about introducing her to new flavors and ingredients. Certain fruits, like pomegranate, were never introduced because they were a choking hazard at that early stage, and then I dialed back my efforts because our family was busy. Anyway, she’s never had pomegranate.
Time to change that. Pomegranates are in season (late September through January). Continue reading “Ingredient Exploration: Pomegranate”