Fruits and Vegetables with Feelings!

This was the last week of the school year in the art room for Kindergarten and 1st grade. I wanted to make it fun so I thought I’d base the lesson on vegetables, because what 6 year old doesn’t love vegetables, right?? The lesson was based on a great book for children called, ‘How are you Peeling? Foods with Moods’ by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elfers. These clever authors and photographers found ‘expressive produce’, enhanced them with natural materials and added text to give the fruits and vegetables feelings.

To begin the lesson I displayed some fruit and vegetables for the students to study. They practiced their still life drawings by paying attention to the shape, color and texture. For example, I told them to look closely at the lemon and orange and notice how the peel is dimpled. After drawing and painting they then cut out their produce and glued it to construction paper. They glued wiggle eyes on to each fruit and vegetable and added expressions with marker pens. Great fun!

Bailey L.

Everett U.

Brooklyn O.

Emma G.

Hunter H.

Hunter B.

Coleman B.

Jake B.

Ava F.

Lilli N.

Max M.

How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods


About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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2 Responses to Fruits and Vegetables with Feelings!

  1. Cathy says:

    These are so cute. I love how some of the vegetables look scared!

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