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Did you know that February 27th is National Strawberry Day? It’s a wonderful day to enjoy some strawberries and enjoy thinking about spring!
Celebrate National Strawberry Day
1. Read a Good Strawberry Book
Grab a good strawberry book to read. I adore The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Before you read the book, ask your kids if they love strawberries. Would they try to grab a red ripe strawberry before a big hungry bear could eat it?
Well that’s just what this little mouse is planning to do!
2. Read About How Berries Grow
After you’ve read your strawberry book, transition the conversation into how berries grow. Often preschoolers think fruits, vegetables, and even berries magically appear at the store. So you’ll need to teach your kids how berries reach the store.
And Gail Gibbons has a delightful book just for this purpose called The Berry Book which walks you through how berries are cultivated, harvested, and even how to make strawberry jam!
3. Find Strawberries
Head to the grocery store to find and buy strawberries. As you’re looking at the berry containers, talk about how you can tell a ripe strawberry from a green one. The name of a green strawberry is a good hint!
Pick up enough strawberries to put into your cereal, make strawberry shortcake, or even make a small jar of jam!
4. Practice Counting
Lay out strawberries on the counter and count how many strawberries you bought.
Can you divide the strawberries evenly between every member of your family? Lay out a plate for each family member and divide the strawberries between the plates to find out!
How many strawberries will everyone get?
Remember to add and subtract with strawberries. If you eat 2 strawberries, how many do you have now? You give Suzy 1 strawberry. How many does Suzy have now?
This is excellent math practice for preschoolers!
5. Reading Skills
Don’t neglect reading and writing skills! Look through the your book about strawberries and see how many times your child can find the word strawberry. Finding words is an excellent method for teaching sight words and new words such as strawberry.
Now pull out paper and practice writing ‘S’ for strawberry. A preschooler with excellent fine motor skills may enjoy tracing the word strawberry on a piece of paper.
6. Create a Collage
Grab some old food magazines and make a collage of all the ways we use strawberries. Can you find a picture of strawberry jam? Strawberry shortcake? Or a strawberry milkshake?
If you can’t find the pictures in a magazine, have your child draw the pictures themselves on paper. Be sure to include everyone’s favorite strawberry dish!
7. Eat the Strawberries
What’s the fun of celebrating National Strawberry Day if you don’t eat some strawberries!
Add strawberries to your child’s favorite cereal.
Make strawberry shortcake. I like to use a super easy method of making strawberry shortcake. Just take some prepared sponge cakes and cover them with strawberries and whipped cream. Yummy!
Try slicing up some strawberries to eat straight off the plate. How quickly do they disappear?
National Strawberry Day is a fabulous holiday to celebrate with your preschoolers. Not only will they have fun learning about strawberries, but they’ll improve their reading, writing, and math skills!
How will you celebrate National Strawberry Day?