Fruit and vegetable sorting cards

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These cards contain pictures of a selection of fruit and vegetables.  They can be cut out and laminated and used for a variety of activies such as sorting, playing memory pairs or to identify the odd one out from a group of three or four.  They can also be used for a game of 'What's in the Box?' where children think of questions that can be answered with a yes or a no to work out which picture has been put in a box.

They contain examples of vegetables where we eat the seeds (green beans and sweet corn), where we eat the stem (asparagus and celeriac), where we eat the leaves (cabbage and lettuce), where we eat the flower buds (caulifower and calabrese) and where we eat the roots (potato and carrots).  All of the fruit mentioned in the books 'Handa's Surprise' (pineapple, banana, avocado, mango, orange, passion fruit, guava and tangerines) and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' (apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges) have been included.  Children may need support to recognise the difference between the tangerine and the oranges.  The guava is the fruit that looks a bit like a pear on the same sheet as the actaul pear!

These pictures should not exclusively be used in place of real experiences.  All of the activities mentioned above would be much better, for example, if done with real fruit and vegetables.  Especially since many children will not have first hand experience of the fruit and vegetables concerned.  However, it is neither practical nor affordable to always provide the real thing so these cards can be used to supplement first hand experiences.

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