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Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits.


Children learn about different types of melons (cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew) grown in WNC, become familiar with tasting new foods, and practice using their senses to explore environments.
Children become familiar with trying new foods in the preschool setting. Students interact with a new food in alternative ways, making predictions and using descriptive words to explore the melons.


Children use their sense to explore sweet potatoes and gain confidence in trying new vegetables. Students learn to identify a new vegetable. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a dynamic activity and positive experience.


Children will gain familiarity with different types of tomatoes and explore how they taste.
Children become comfortable with tasting new foods in the supportive, positive environment of their preschool. Children learn that many vegetables come in lots of different varieties that all look and taste different.