Fruit and Vegetable Character Crowns*

CONCEPT: General Nutrition



Look at a book about different kinds of fruits and discuss their characteristics. Then, take a look at some real fruits and make fun fruit and vegetable crowns together.



After completing this activity, children will be able to:

  • identify fruits as "yes" foods
  • state that fruits give them vitamins and minerals
  • recognize and name different types of fruits



  1. Read the story I Eat Fruit by Hannah Tofts.
  2. Lead a discussion as you are reading the story. Pause at each fruit and let the children look at each page. Ask:
    • What shape is it?
    • What color is it?
    • What does it feel like?
    • What does it taste like?
    • Is it sweet or sour?
    • Does it have seeds?
    • Where are the seeds?
    • Is it a "yes" food or a "no" food?
    • Are fruits good for you? Why?
  3. Choose a few of the fruits to have on hand. Cut the fruit in half and allow the children to look, touch, and taste them.
  4. Fruit and Vegetable Crown activity:
    • Give each child a page of fruit and vegetable characters to color.
    • Help the children cut out their colored characters and staple, glue, or tape them onto a construction paper strip.
    • Staple the two ends of the construction paper strip together to fit the child's head.



  • Book: I Eat Fruit by Hannah Tofts, published by Zero to Ten, 1998. ISBN: 1-84089-027-4.
  • Fresh fruit to cut and examine
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • acrobat reader logo Fruit and vegetable characters
  • Crayons
  • Construction paper strips
  • Stapler or glue or tape
  • Scissors



  • Take time when shopping or preparing meals and snacks to discuss where different fruits and vegetables come from.
  • Designate a day of the week to try a new fruit or vegetable and allow your child to help choose the "fruit or vegetable of the week".


*Activities adapted from the Connecticut Nutrition Education and Training Program, University of Connecticut and State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs, 1984.

*This activity is adapted from NET Nutrition Education, Choose Well, Be Well: A Curriculum Guide for the Primary Grades, California State Department of Education, 1982.

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