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Fruit and Vegetable
Puppet Fun


Read to children Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat. Talk about why Gregory preferred eating fruits and vegetables to shoes and tin cans. Ask children to name some of the fruits and vegetables that they know. Invite each child to choose one fruit or vegetable for a puppet. Then help children make simple puppets by cutting the shape of each fruit or vegetable from a clean white plastic meat tray. Children can color their fruit or vegetable with markers. Tape the back of each fruit or vegetable to the end of a drinking straw. Now reread the book. Encourage children to hold up their fruit or vegetable puppet when you read the word "fruit" or the word "vegetable" from the story.


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