This was the first ever Montessori activity i made for Tara when she was 18 months. I found some big fake fruits from a dollar store and then googled images that looked the same but with an added information. The pumpkin was growing on a vine, The lemon was cut in half, The capsicum you could see the insides, The apple growing on a tree etc. I printed and laminated the cards so they would last.
Tara takes her "fruit bowl" off the shelf, places the cards out in lines and matches the fake fruit to the correct card. It has been a favourite that hasnt left our rotating shelves much at all. Even at 30 months now there is always new language opportunities to talk about with food. We started at 18months with the colours,shapes,texture and now we are talking about fruit vs vegetable, sweet vs sour, seeded vs seedless.