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Using a fruit to teach the color orange

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  • While making this dessert, chat about the color of the fruit, where oranges come from (trees, warm climate, etc.) and other items that are orange colored (pumpkin, carrot, etc.)
  • Cut the top 1/4 of an orange off to use as a top
  • Let the child draw a face with a black magic marker on the orange. Chat about including eyes on the face for seeing (optional)
  • Help child hollow out the inside with a spoon and fill with orange sherbet
  • Place the top back on orange and place in a pan in the freezer or enjoy immediately 
  • Serve for a snack or dessert
  • Watch this video to learn about the color orange


Having a child use a spoon to scoop out the insides of the orange is a fun way to develop hand strength for writing.  Adults can loosen the insides of the orange if the pulp becomes difficult to remove.


Have a child find all of the seeds (if not seedless) and count the number of seeds in the orange. Ask the child to choose an orange crayon and write the word "orange" by himself or with an adult's help.


What are some names of foods that need to be peeled to eat?

What do you think you will dream about tonight?


  • orange
  • black marker (optional)
  • spoon
  • orange sherbet
  • freezer

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter Video (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe"
by Eric Carle Video (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman Video (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favourite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In
by Pete Fountain Video (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure Video (Activity 15)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.