PRICKLY PEAR PORCUPINES
“P” is for pears, definitely one of our favourite fruits and one we couldn’t wait to get crafty with!
We went to the local farmers’ market to see how many varieties of pears we could find. The market visit was also great to explain to the boys the importance of supporting local farming communities and understanding firsthand how our food is grown. Pears are round, oval or conical fruit with a yellow, green or reddish skin. The most common variety of pear at the market was the green Josephine, they were short, squat and egg-like with almost no neck. These stay green even when fully ripened. The William Bartlett pears turn yellow when ripe and have a thin skin. Bosc pears have an elongated neck and their brown skin have a rough texture. Lastly, we spotted the unusual Nashi pears which have a round apple shape and their yellow green skin has a gritty texture.
After the market visit, my boys were very excited to head home and taste all the different pear varieties! All the pears had white, creamy flesh and were a soft, buttery texture when ripe except the Nashi which was crisp, almost crunchy. This was a great opportunity for my boys to explore pears with all their five senses and expand their vocabulary while describing them.
Pears are very juicy and best eaten raw so are a frim lunch box favourite with my boys! They are also fantastic in fruit salads and as a snack with cheese.
The tear drop shape of a pear was the inspiration to craft a porcupine. Making these cute porcupines is so much fun and a great fine motor activity. Painting, breaking toothpicks and pushing them into the soft pear flesh is great for strengthening finger muscles so important in developing prewriting skills.
Hope your little ones enjoy making these cute prickly pear porcupines as much as we did.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE PRICKLY PEAR PORCUPINES:
- Googly eyes
- Pom pom
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRICKLY PEAR PORCUPINES:
- Cut a slice off the length of a pear so that it sits flat on a table.
- For the porcupine’s spines, break toothpicks and push into the pear so that the pointy end of the tooth pick is on the outside.
- Paint porcupine’s back and spikes with black or brown acrylic paint.
- To make the nose, hot glue a pom pom onto the end of a toothpick and push into the tapered end of the pear (where the stem is).
- Push googly eyes onto tapered end of the pear.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.