I recently encouraged E to pick a week of homeschool. While I do think he was influenced by a recent Iron Chef episode, I thought Onions sounded like a fun week of school! I have never done the letter themes, so to round things out, we were calling it O is for Onions Week.
I really wanted to incorporate real onions in this week as much as possible. While he loves to peel and cut fruits and vegetables, I was going to spare him from doing so with onions. As a sweet onion lay sprouting on our counter all week, waiting for us to figure out what to do with it, I finally came up with an idea for an easy preschool discovery bag.
I simply cut different parts of the onion and strategically placed them within a Ziploc bag. There was part of the sprouting stem, a cross section of the green stem, the onion end, some papery skin, and a couple pieces of actual onion. Once placed I (reluctantly) sucked the extra air out with a straw, closed the bag, and taped the end shut. Taping it was to show E it wasn’t to be opened, but please know that the Ziploc zipper nor the tape keeps the smell in the bag! Onion smell is welcome though, especially on the last day of Onion school.
My original idea was to do this with the Foodsaver and I do think that would work quite well, but any wrap or bags we had were way too opaque. So this easy preschool discovery bag is a quick way to do it!
I rounded this out with the big magnifying glass from the Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set.
While I didn’t do it this time, this would go so well with any of the wonderful Nomenclature Cards from The Helpful Garden! It would have been fun for our Flower Dissection w/Montessori Cards activity we did during our Science preschool week!