We hope you are enjoying exploring and crafting with different fruits and vegetable with your little ones in the A-Z healthy eating series. We have reached the letter “R” on the series and we have chosen the vibrant radish to craft with.
Radish grow underground as a root vegetable like carrots and beetroot. There are many radish varieties and they come in many sizes and shapes including long like a carrot however the most common variety we could find here in Australia is the red, round radishes. Young children will enjoy this opportunity to expand their vocabulary while describing the radish. I usually guide my boys along by asking them what they see, feel and taste.
Inside, the flesh of radish is firm and white in colour. To the taste, radish has a crunchy texture and a flavour that is a little hot and peppery. My boys didn’t appreciate the radish’s unique flavour but they are worth trying as the taste is quite unlike any other vegetable! Radishes are most commonly eaten raw in salads.
If you have a home garden, radish is an ideal vegetable for young children to grow as they grow quickly and through all seasons.
Crafting little ladybugs out of radishes is simple because of their already round shape and red colour. After looking at some pictures of ladybugs I realised that they were symmetrical and I was really excited to discuss and illustrate the concept of “symmetry” and “halves” with my boys. We discussed that symmetrical meant that each half of a ladybug is the same, like a mirror image. This meant they have identical features on both sides of their body. It was certainly a great lesson in beginning maths for the boys!
Our radishes were quite small so drawing on them proved to be an awesome fine motor activity for my boys. The activity my boys enjoyed the most was of course making the ladybug’s dots with an ear bud! This is a great process activity that young children will enjoy. Challenge your children to make their ladybird radishes as symmetrical as they can – my boys sure need some more practice with this!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE LADYBIRD RADISHES:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LADYBIRD RADISHES:
- Cut radish in half and place flat side onto table.
- Draw a line down the middle using a thin paintbrush and black acrylic paint.
- To make the spots, use earbuds dipped in paint.
- For the antennae, break the sharp end of toothpicks and push into one end of ladybug.
- Paint the antennae black.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.