EVIE THE QUINCE EMU
We have the reached the letter “Q” on the A-Z healthy eating series and we are very excited to craft with quince because none of us had tasted quince before.
Our family had taken a road trip to the south of Western Australia during Easter and while there we got to visit a fruit orchard growing both apple and quince trees. This was an incredible opportunity to see first hand how quince are grown and to learn more about this fruit.
Quince are closely related to apples and pears and grow on small trees. The trees at the orchard we visited were only about a metre tall. Quince start off green and then ripen to a bright, golden yellow and looks like a very lumpy lemon. This was a wonderful way for the boys to expand their descriptive vocabulary while describing a fruit that was completely new to them.
We also got to investigate the inside of the quince while at the orchard. Raw quince has a white crunchy flesh and doesn’t taste very nice as it was very tart and has a chalky taste! For this reason, quince is cooked when eaten and their flesh turn pinkish orange and becomes soft after cooking. Quince is usually cooked to make jams and jellies.
We were excited to craft with quince when we headed back home to Perth. The shape of the quince that we had, looked like the body of a bird and I wanted to challenge the boys to craft a bird with long legs because of the opportunity to discuss and investigate weights and balance.
Turning a quince into an emu turned into a great lesson in science and beginning maths for the boys! We discussed weights and compared which objects were lighter and heavieras compared with the quince. We also discussed if weights were comparable to the size of an object. We investigated balance while getting our Evie the emu to stand on her legs (this may prove slightly challenging for younger children but it’s a great activity to introduce the concept).
There are plenty of fine motor skill development steps involved with making Evie the Quince Emu which young children will enjoy. Quince is great to use because poking and prodding it doesn’t cause it to lose its shape. Feel free to encourage little ones to decorate or dress up their emu as creatively as they want… to make it unique!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR EVIE THE QUINCE EMU:
- 2 x wooden skewers
- 2 x bottle caps
- 1 x coloured straw/a wooden skewer
- 1 x large pom pom
- Googly eyes
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EVIE THE QUINCE EMU:
- To make Evie’s legs and feet, paint the wooden skewers and bottle caps with acrylic paint.
- Use a Stanley knife to slice an “X” onto the bottle cap and push on to ends of the wooden skewers.
- Push the wooden skewers into the quince so that it is able to balance on them.
- To make Evie’s face, hot glue googly eyes and the sharp tip of a tooth pick on to a large pom pom.
- Hot glue the end of a piece of straw on to the pom pom and push the other end of the straw onto the top of the quince.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.