I know that there are very strong opinions about using food for preschool activities, and I understand both sides of the argument. Personally, I believe that food is something that brings us together. It is a powerful way to open children’s minds to new experiences, and to introduce them to cultural experiences.
I am especially partial to taste-tests as science and social studies activities because it gives me the opportunity to expose children to something that they may not ever encounter at home. I’ve been known to taste test fruits and vegetables, in order to introduce new foods and encourage children to be open to trying new things.
This particular taste test is slightly more seasonal – pie filling! There are so many different pie fillings, you are sure to be able to find something that no one in your class has ever tried. This is a great way to learn about your students and their families as you discuss the different types of pie filling, and who has tried certain ones before. You may even find that you have a number of students who have never had pie at all.
Here are some different fillings that you could try (I suggest starting with the familiar apple or cherry, and moving towards the more novel or unusual):
- Strawberry rhubarb
- Banana cream
- Sweet potato
- Minced meat
You could even invite each family to bring in a pie filling that they enjoy so that the children can see what kinds of pies each family eats.
If you’re looking for a companion activity to go along with this, check out my new pie fractions activity!