Graphing and painting with oranges

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!!

By |2010-07-20T21:00:09+00:00July 20th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


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

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

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

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

  3. Cathy @ NurtureStore July 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    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.

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