Graphing and painting with oranges

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 20, 2010

in Creative Art, Music and Fingerplays, Sensory Play, Shapes and Colors

When painting with objects, I always print the word of the object on the paper so the children can see that word as they participate in the activity. In this case the word is Orange.

We cut an orange in half and used one of the halves for creating orange prints on our paper.

For younger children, I just have them print all over the page as desired. For older children, I have them try to print the word “orange” first then go for printing with the orange all over the page as desired.

The other half of the orange was cut into smaller pieces for tasting…

We also did a little taste test and graphed whether we liked the taste of the orange or not with a Yes-No Chart.

Click here for pdf of this chart!

After the children taste the orange, let the children draw a happy or sad face under yes or no to answer the question “Do you like oranges?”

Follow up with open ended sentence starters or questions such as

  • The orange tastes….
  • The orange feels…
  • The orange smells…

Want to add an extra treat? Try out the Frozen Orange cup by Childhood Magic!

Sing the Orange Song too!!


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1 Centers and Circle Time July 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Aww, I love how can sneak the math (graph) right in!!

2 Centers and Circle Time July 20, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I meant to say…I love how you can sneak the math (graph) right in the lesson:)
It must be getting late!

3 Deborah J. Stewart July 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm

LOL! I think I was following you!!

4 Cathy @ NurtureStore July 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Hi Deborah. Do you know the book ‘Handa’s Surprise’? It’s great one to use as a base for taste testing different fruits. We used it for a ‘fruit of the week’ project recently.

5 Deborah J. Stewart July 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

No – I am not familiar with that book. I will have to look it up!

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