Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Friendship Fruit Salad

We like to cook!  Okay, this wasn't really cooking, but the children were very involved in making our Friendship Fruit Salad.  
Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.


You can tell just by looking at the delicious ingredients, this is good food!
 Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.

I asked each family to provide one piece of fruit for the salad, and we had a lovely variety show up.  Last year I had a helper on fruit salad day, and was able to have the children wash, peel, cut and totally prepare their piece of fruit.  This year I did a lot of the prep work during nap (except peeling and cutting bananas, those are best done immediately before serving), as I was on my own on this day.  It all worked out beautifully!
Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.
 The children added their ingredient to the bowl, and our salad slowly came together.
Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.

Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.

Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.

Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.
 One child even brought a lime he had picked from his grandmother's tree, and squeezed the juice over the rest of the fruit!
Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.
 The result?  Lots of thumbs up from the children, a huge amount of fruit eaten (can we have fifth servings Ms. Paula? -  yes!), vitamins taken in, fine motor skills practiced, and a community building exercise for a group of 3-5 year olds. 
Friendship Fruit Salad, a recipe for classroom team building.
That gets my thumbs up too!

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