My girls love to help out alongside me when I’m preparing food. In fact, they have shown so much interest that we moved their play kitchen set into our kitchen. However, lately I have been struggling to get them to eat their veggies or even try new ones! Sound familiar?? I felt that a vegetable learning theme was just the thing we needed to spark interest and teach them about different types of veggies. We began our learning theme by reading some books about vegetables and followed up with some pretend play in our kitchen. Today we are sharing an activity that combines literacy and science with this vegetable theme syllable sorting activity.
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FOR HOME PRESCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS.
Materials for Vegetable Theme Sorting
- Real or fake vegetables
- Numbered baskets
- Free printable vegetable sound sort (see link below)
To begin this activity, I set out a variety of pretend and real vegetables we had on hand and we discussed their features and names. Next, I introduced the printed out vegetable cards as they included a wider variety of veggies. We had fun making comparisons to and remembering some of the vegetables we read about.
After familiarizing ourselves with all the veggies, it was time to introduce syllable segmentation. Syllable segmentation is an early literacy skill that builds onto the foundation of reading. When early readers learn to segment parts of a word, they are improving their phonological awareness of the spoken and written word. We began by segmenting our names as they are familiar. I demonstrated how to tap, clap, snap, or place your hand beneath your chin to count how many times it drops down. This by far was the favorite method!
Once able to accurately segment a few common words, we moved right along to sorting the vegetable cards. We placed the numbered shopping baskets at the top of our work space and made a stack of the vegetable cards to segment. As each vegetable was named and segmented, the picture card was placed underneath the appropriate number card.
While her older sister was busy separating the veggies by number of syllables, our littlest learner practiced sorting the vegetables by color. She chimed in every now and then when we were clapping!
Extending the Vegetable Sorting
You may choose to use real or pretend vegetables to practice vegetable syllable sorting. Just grab four baskets or bins and label them one through four. Place each vegetable in the basket that correlates with the number of syllables.
Although our vegetable knowledge has definitely grown, the verdict is still out on eating more of those veggies! We hope you enjoy trying out some more of the vegetable learning theme resources from our vegetable theme lesson plans. Check them out!
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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Vegetable Emergent Reader (2 versions)
2) Syllable Sorting Activity
3) Vegetable Photos (color and B/W)
4) Vegetable Letter Puzzles (color and B/W)
5) Vegetable Stand Pretend Play Signs
6) Vegetable Number Cards (Color and B/W)
7) Shopping for Vegetables Counting Game
8) Vegetable Cards with and without labels (color and B/W)
9) Vegetable Sink or Float Predictions and Results Recording Sheets (color and B/W)
10) Vegetable Taste Test Recording Sheets (color and B/W)
11) Design a Vegetable Garden Planning Sheet (2 versions)
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