You will need: 
  • Large oranges
  • Christmas ribbons
  • cloves
  • knife to make wholes in the orange skin.

This activity is fantastic for introducing language around our senses, especially the sense of smell. 

Use the end of a sharp knife to make small holes in the orange skin and then offer the orange and the cloves to the children. Ask them to see if they can push the cloves in to the holes! The youngest to try this  activity and manage it in my setting was 19 months old and it was a great activity to help her with her fine motor skills and pincer grasp.

Some of the children tried to place the cloves in a more structured way. Little “L” said she was making a face on hers!

We talked about the different smells and how they reminded us that Christmas is nearly here!
The children sniffed the orange and the cloves and to9ld us if they liked the smells.

Finish the decoration off by asking the children to chose a ribbon and then wrap it around the orange to create a lovely effect and a loop to hang it from.

Next steps: 
  • Peal the orange and taste it. Use descriptive words such as sweet, juicy and sticky.
  • Use an oasis block, pumpkin or polystyrene block to hammer gold tees in to.
  • Thread beads on to strings or pipe cleaners.

Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

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