Sunday, May 16, 2010

Life in the Pink Tower: Play With Your Food

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  This in turn means Dotty also spends a lot of time there.  She was once content to sit up in her high chair, but not any more.  She wants to explore!  A few weeks ago I began washing fruits and veggies and placing them on a kitchen towel on the floor.  I tell her their names and leave her to use her senses to discover them.   It is important to- when we have the option- first introduce our child to the real object.  Seeing a picture of or playing with a toy orange does little to help a child understand what an orange really is.  Here you see Dotty with an orange and it didn't take her long to discover that underneath the peel was a yummy treat.  Of course she would have probably eaten the peel but once she had a bite into it I removed it for her.
I use the names of the foods often while she is working with them.  "I see you are rolling the watermelon." or "The pineapple is rough."  At some point, maybe even another day, when I serve her a food she has been introduced to in this manner I repeat it's name.  Above you see this with a cantaloupe.
This is just one way I can help her get to know the world around her. 

9 comments:

  1. She looks so happy being able to discover all those things by herself. It's a great way to teach her about fruit and vegetables, she can roll them, smell them, feel the texture AND eat them, no toy can compete with that! :)

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  2. What a lovely way to teach her :)
    Lottie x

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  3. how adorable. I wish my kids ate fruit. They hate it :( I blame myself since I have never had fruit since having allergic reactions as a child.

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  4. So simple, yet elusive. Thanks for the great idea & sharing pretty baby pictures :-)

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  5. How great! Wish I ate fruit, was never given any as a child, but vow to not make the same mistake! Mom of the year award to you!

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  6. She is just so so sweet! I love how your life shows just how wonderful of a mommy you are! Sorry i spelled your name wrong on my blog...oops! i fixed it...i can't wait to see more of your vintage dresses...you are just so darn real and adorable!!! I am inspired by you!

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  7. too cute!
    I will be linking. If you don't want to be featured please let me know.
    Thanks.
    Jo
    The Montessori Goldmine

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