Eat the Rainbow

Toddler eating an orange during lunchtime at day care

This activity encourages children to use their senses to explore and interact with their new foods in a variety of colors. Very young children gain information about the world and learn new words through sensory exploration.

Materials Needed:

  • An assortment of fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, such as broccoli, lettuce, blueberries, oranges, apples, bananas, or squash.

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.

Directions:

  1. Display all the foods together on a plate. After naming a food, ask, what color is this broccoli? What other food can we think of that is green?
  2. Older infants and toddlers can hold, touch, manipulate, smell, and taste each food.
Toddler eating an orange during lunchtime at day care
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