“N” is for nectarines and in this case- our nectarine snowmen.
The boys and I headed to our local supermarket to stock up on some nectarines and learnt a lot about them in the process. Nectarines are a stone fruit and are like peaches without the fuzzy skin. Their smooth glossy skin is red in colour on a yellow to pale yellow background whilst the flesh can vary from almost white, yellow to almost red. Each nectarine has a pointed, furrowed, egg-shaped seed in the middle which either comes away easily (freestone), or is difficult to remove (clingstone). The boys sure were expanding their descriptive vocabulary while describing the nectarine.
When we got home, the boys had a fun sensory experience exploring the nectarine by touch. The flesh of our nectarines was yellow, firm and fragrant. The wrinkled seed in the middle was a clingstone for sure and cannot be eaten. The boys didn’t need any reminding to taste the nectarines! The flesh is very sweet (depending on how ripe they are) and juicy. Nectarines are delicious eaten fresh and added to fruit salads, breakfast cereals and ice creams.
The boys certainly had fun stacking their nectarines and is a great activity for logical thinking, hand eye coordination and spatial awareness. Pushing toothpicks and twigs into the nectarines flesh is also a great activity for improving fine motor skills.
Have fun crafting these adorable nectarine snowmen!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE NECTARINE SNOWMEN:
- Googly eyes
- Small twigs
- Scrap of ribbon
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NECTARINE SNOWMEN:
- Paint the nectarines white with acrylic paint.
- Attach googly eyes on one of the painted nectarines. The wet paint should help the eyes stick otherwise scoop out a small bit of the nectarine with the tip of a knife for the googly eyes to sit in.
- To make nose, cut a small nose shape out of another nectarine and attach using methods described above.
- To make arms, push small twigs into the sides of the other painted nectarine.
- Stack the nectarines on top of each other using toothpicks to secure if required.
- Dress the snowman with a scrap of ribbon around its neck and a hat on its head.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.