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Food Frolic!
Early Childhood Thematic Program

Books:

Falwell, Cathryn
Feast For 10
Numbers from one to ten are used to tell how members of a family shop and work together to prepare a meal.
 
Fleming, Denise
Lunch
A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.
 
Cooke, Trish
Full, Full, Full of Love
For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.
 
Degen, Bruce
Jamberry
A little boy walking in the forest meets a big lovable bear that takes him on a delicious berry-picking adventure in the magical world of Berryland.
 
Jackson, Alison
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
In a parody of The Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, this cumulative tale tells of an old lady who comes to Thanskgiving dinner and eats so much that she swells up and becomes a balloon in a parade.
 
 

Vocabulary:

plump (adjective) rounded and full in shape

 

Fingerplay:

Color Fruits

by Lois E. Putnam from 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays

One yellow banana extra nice,
Pretty please, give me a slice.
two round oranges really sweet,
What a super-duper treat!
Three red apples very bright,
Hurry up and take a bite.
Four red cherries in a sack
Make a really special snack.
Five ripe pears all so yellow,
Yum, yum how rich and mellow!

 

Song:

Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
from http://www.childcarelounge.com/

Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.

 

Activities

Art

Pizza Painting: Spread " red finger paint over a brown circle, then sprinkling paper "cheese" strips and finally putting the little red paper circles on for the pepperoni. (from http://www.preschooleducation.com/)

Dramatic Play

Shopping: Turn your classroom into a supermarket with big signs hung to designate different departments such as vegetables, breads, milk, and so on. Cut out pictures of food. Label each food picture. Designate children as shoppers and clerks. Invite the shoppers to find various objects.