Children can learn about colours, counting, fruit names and patterns by playing fruit games. Fruits are good, healthy food for young bodies, providing nutrition for their physical and emotional development. Fruit games are an interesting way to teach children and get them interested in fruits, how they taste and how healthy they are for them.
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This is a simple game that can be played at home or in the classroom. Collect a variety of fruits--apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, strawberries and any other fruits you can think of. When playing the game in a classroom, divide the children into small groups to be able to keep track of their answers. Put each fruit in a brown bag and let the children feel the fruit through the bag while you describe it. For example, an orange may be described as round, bumpy and orange in colour. All participants in the game should be rewarded with fruit at the end of the session.
To play this game, you will need pictures of different fruits. You can either cut pictures out of old magazines or download and print them off the Internet. The next step is to attach the pictures to the index cards, one on each card. Glue the index cards onto Popsicle sticks. As you hold up each flashcard, let the children take turns to say a sentence or two about the fruit picture you are holding up. This game links to grammar and spoken English.
Cut up a variety of fruit and prepare small bowls with the fruit pieces. Place the bowls on a table that is hidden behind a screen. Prepare a chart with the names of the children and the names of the fruits. Blindfold each child and take them individually into the room on a fruit-tasting test. Let the child guess the different fruits that he eats. Check the boxes that the child guesses correctly and put an 'X' in the boxes that are guessed wrong. This is a good way to get children to eat fruit and to learn about different fruit tastes and textures.
This game requires very little preparation and can be set up quickly. Set up chairs in a circle. Let the children choose straws; whoever gets the shortest straw has to stand in the circle. Remove that child's chair from the circle. Choose four or five fruit names and give one to each of the players. You can choose fruit names, such as apple, banana, pear, orange and grape. When the teacher or parent calls out fruit salad, the player standing in the middle calls out one of the chosen fruit names, and all the players with that fruit name and the player standing in the middle have to find new seats. Whoever is left standing goes to the centre of the circle and the game begins again.
Print out bingo cards from the Internet or make your own. Make a 3-by-3 grid of squares and paste the pictures of fruits in the squares. Make a unique card for each child playing. Give the children counters and when you start calling out fruit names, they have to cover the fruit with a counter if it is on their bingo card. You can give all the players fresh fruit cups as prizes.
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