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Teaching Children Where Food Comes From

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Too many children don’t know where their food comes from, which leads to children not appreciating the care and attention taken to make our food. Teaching children all about where their food comes from is an important step for parents and guardians. It can help children get more engaged in their food and improve their eating habits. However, it can seem daunting to work out the best way to teach your children about where their food comes from. Thankfully, there are some easy solutions which we have listed below to help you.

Grow Your Own Fruit, Vegetables, and Salads

Growing your own fruit, vegetables and salads with your children is a fun way of getting your children outside and interested in food. It is important to start off small and choose plants that are easy to grow. Strawberries and tomatoes are a good choice for beginners. Buying plug plants can make the process even easier. Growing your own food with your children can also teach them the importance of responsibility. Together you can make sure that the plants have enough water and that they are picked at the right time. Thankfully you don’t even need much space to grow your own, as potatoes can be grown in grow bags and strawberries can be grown in small pots.

Go To A Pick Your Own Farm

If growing your own fruit and vegetables sounds like too much hard work, you could always take the family to a farm where you can pick your own produce. Strawberries, apples, and blueberries tend to be popular fruits that some farms will allow customers to pick. However, some pick your own farms have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables such as asparagus, rhubarb, blackberries, gooseberries, beans and pumpkins that you can see too. Taking the family to a farm is an excellent way of showing your children how fruits and vegetables grow, and how it is picked. Just make sure that your children (or the grown ups!) don’t eat all of the produce before you get to the pay point. 

Visit A Farm

Visiting a farm can make for a fun outing with the family and it will have the added benefit of teaching your children about where their food comes from. Some farm parks have displays or talk about food. You might find a local farm that will give your children a demonstration on how milk and cheese is made or how crops are grown and harvested. 

Take Your Children Food Shopping

The weekly food shop might seem like a chore, but to young children it can seem like a great adventure. It is easy to see shopping as a process and rush through the supermarket trying to get it finished as soon as possible. Instead, every so often, take your time and talk to your children about the food you are buying. For example, if you are buying apples, explain to your children how they were grown on trees, picked and put into packaging and then sent to the shop. Bringing them to the supermarket can help children learn the system of getting food from the earth and onto your plate. 

The Learning Experience in East Finchley offers ground-breaking childcare and early education programmes to children aged between 6 months and 5 years old. With nearly 40 years experience, they make it their mission to improve the lives of each and every child and family they serve, as well as make a meaningful difference in the community. They help children develop socially and intellectually by providing fun and interactive activities. Contact The Learning Experience today to book a tour, and find out how they can give your child the right platform to develop. 

The Learning Experience – East Finchley Day Nursery and Preschool
250 East End Rd
London N2 8AU

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