“O” is for oranges, one of the most popular fruits in the world and our chosen fruit for this week’s A-Z craft.
My boys were very excited to craft with oranges as it is one of their favourite fruits! Oranges are in fact the best known of all the citrus fruits. They are the size and shape of a tennis ball, with a skin, or rind, of varying thickness depending on the variety. The glossy, orange rind appears smooth, except for the very small pits scattered over the surface. This was a wonderful opportunity for my boys to expand their vocabulary while describing an orange. The boys couldn’t stop smelling the orange too, this is because the skin contains essential oils that is great for alleviating stress and anxiety.
The flesh of an orange is orange in colour, moist and very juicy. It is divided into segments by thin white membranes and each segment contains hundreds of small juice sacs. In the centre is a white pith and, in some varieties, seeds. The most common variety of orange available in Australia is the Navel which has a thin skin that is easily peeled and their segments are easy to break apart. Navel oranges are also seedless and very juicy which makes them perfect for young children.
Making these snails is extra fun because the main material (other than oranges) is playdough! Playdough never gets boring with young children and is a firm favourite with my boys. Playdough is the very best activity for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – the squishing, squashing, rolling and flattening of playdough all develop young children’s muscles and encourage prewriting and other skills such as cutting with a scissors, using tweezers and holding a pencil.
Hope your little ones enjoy making these adorable orange snails.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE ORANGE SNAILS:
- Ear buds
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ORANGE SNAILS:
- To make snail’s shell, cut the ends off the orange leaving about 2-3cm of the middle of the orange.
- To make snail’s body, roll playdough into sausage shape then use the base of your palm to push in one half of the sausage shape so that there is a groove large enough for the orange to sit in.
- Fold the other half of sausage shaped playdough vertically.
- To make snail’s eyes, cut ear buds in half and draw a black oval on the tips of the ear buds.
- Push ear buds into top of snail’s head.
- To give your snail a smiley face, use a small plastic bottle lid to push into the playdough.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.