This is our first Play To Learn Diner activity designed for preschoolers. I was a little worried about how it would be received, since one of our twins loves learning activities, but the other is resistant to them because he does not master them as easily. I am very pleased to be able to report that both twins enjoyed this activity very much. In fact, our son even came to me two hours later to tell me how much he liked the activity, so I hope other children out there will enjoy it just as much.
For this activity, we used Soft Fruit Counters, one plastic bowl for each child, and one of the counting worksheets (found below) for each child. The Soft Fruit Counters set from Discount School Supply contains 108 pieces of fruit between 1" and 2" each. You are welcome to use other types of pretend fruit, but you will need to have more than 20 pieces of fruit per child. I liked using these because the size made them easy to manage for little hands and they fit inside the bowls perfectly.
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This activity is split into two parts. The first part asks your child to choose any 10 pieces of fruit to put in his or her bowl in order to create a fruit salad recipe. Then your child should count how many of each type of fruit is in the bowl and write the correct number in the box next to the appropriate fruit pictured on the worksheet.
The second part of the activity asks your child to repeat the same steps, but to choose 20 pieces of fruit, instead of 10.
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This activity helps your child to practice counting from 1 to 10 and from 1 to 20. Then there is more practice counting when he or she needs to figure out how many of each type of fruit they have in the bowl Your child also will be introduced to writing numbers. I had to make dotted lines for some of the numbers for both twins to trace. Our daughter picked up writing her numbers quickly. After the first time she traced a number, she did not need me to make dotted lines for her again for the same number. Our son needed to trace most of his numbers, except for 0 and 1.
Thank you to Discount School Supply for sending us a complimentary product sample to use for this activity.