05/07/2013November - Pear And The Lost Leaf
Pear used to have a lovely leaf on her head, but she has lost it.
This page gives you more information about the Pear And The Lost Leaf book - what your children will get out of reading it and information on all our extension activities and links to food and story related fun.
This page will tell you:
- a storyline summary of the Pear And The Lost Leaf story
- foods featured in the story
- ideas for extending the themes in the story (reflections and mirrors)
- food activities you can do with children in November
- recipe ideas for pears
- other links and ideas for working with this story
Her friends help her look all over the garden, but all they find is a selection of gardening bits and pieces.
Pear is gutted and gives up but her friends cleverly think of a more creative solution - they make her a lovely new leaf using all the bits they found instead!
November Featured Foods
Carrots, Turnips and Brussels Sprouts
Our November story features an unhappy pear, who enlists her friends Carrot, Sprout and Turnip to help her to find her leaf.
Many varieties of pear will have finished in October but there are quite a few varieties which ripen late and can be seen until the first half of November. Some varieties of pear can also be stored. As we know pears have a funny habit of staying rock hard for ages and ages and then suddenly ripening up when you leave the room! Children can explore the difference in texture and taste between an under-ripe, crisp pear and an over-ripe, juicy soft one.
Pears can be eaten raw but are also lovely stewed in wintry crumbles and sauces. Children may like to compare the difference between cooked and raw pears. You could also get them to try pears teamed up with less obvious ingredients such as a peppery leaf salad, pancetta, or cheese.
Carrots and turnips are still coming out of the ground in November but many of them will be being pulled up now to be stored for the winter. Children always find it fun to guess what is the food below the ground from looking at the leaves and bits showing above the soil, if you have any growing for them to see.
Brussels sprouts are basically teeny cabbages. They grow on tall stiff stems in little rows of buttons and you pick off the ones you want to eat and leave the rest behind. If you are not growing sprouts, try buying some still on the stem as children find them fascinating. You can eat the leafy tops too - just like spring greens.
When Pear can't find her leaf, she and her friends have to try to find it. When no one is able to find it, her friends don't give up, and use their thinking skills and the items they found to create a new leaf. It allows an opportunity to get kids to think about what they should do when things go wrong.
We have a collection of three problem solving activities to do with children here, which get them to explore their own problem solving skills, such as getting themselves out of a panic, brainstorming solutions, identifying other people who are problem solvers, and some useful weblinks for other ideas on this theme.
Food Activities For November
Tasting Sessions - You can get the children involved in tasting seasonal foods as with all the other months. We provide instructions for a blindfold guessing tasting game here on the site which is free to download and there are printable guessing strips for each month featuring five seasonal foods to taste which are easy to provide in bite size pieces and are fairly child-friendly (essentially won't put them off tasting things). The tastes for November are: pear, carrot, parsnip, apple, cabbage. There are suggestions in the instructions for how best to prepare foods to make them palatable. You can find the instructions and the printable strips here.
Discovering Food - Modelling Sessions - children learn a lot by touching and discovering. We have instructions here for a discovery session, using the five seasonal foods or any other of your choice, where children get to handle and observe them and then try to replicate what they have discovered with playdough or clay. You can find the instructions for the activity here.
How Pears Grow - Sequencing Game - some children will know that pears grow on trees, but may not necessarily know how the tree grew and how the fruit are formed. Fruits follow blossom and they can connect the pretty flowers in spring with the delicious pears in autumn. We have a sequencing exercise here for you to print off and do - there are tiles to cut up and move around on the table to find the right sequence, a blank sequence chart for children to glue their finished sequence onto, or there is also a completed version to print off and colour in. We provide two versions - a four part sequence for younger children and a six part sequence for older children. You can find all the instructions and templates here.
Recipe Ideas For Pears
These fab little Funny Bunny Pear snacks are a great way to get kids eating a pear by turning them into a cute rabbit.
Other ideas for working with this story
This pdf worksheet gives ideas on activities to work alongside Too Many Pears by Jackie French. The ideas include creating a fruit market, crafting a pear tree, and making a fruit salad.
This pdf worksheet has printable activities for primary school children such as a tally chart survey about people who like pears, and some nutrition facts.
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