Teaching Young Children about Healthy Fruits and Vegetables
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Healthy fruits and vegetables are essential to children’s growth. Parents must teach their children about different fruits and vegetables so that they can learn to love these foods from an early age. Kids can be a bit fussy regarding healthy eating habits, so you must do everything you can to encourage them to eat well.
Activities for Teaching
Here are some different activities to teach your children about healthy fruits and vegetables:
Reading Books About Fruits and Vegetables
Reading with your child about any topic is foundational for them to learn. Taking the time to read with your kids helps show the importance of the subject matter you cover. Any store with children’s books should have at least a couple fruits and vegetable stories. Choosing the right book to read with your children can ensure that the words, pictures, and story help them to understand the greater message.
Fruits and Vegetables Flashcards
For older children, flashcards are an easy, convenient, and fun way to learn any lesson. If you are attempting to introduce fruits and vegetables to preschoolers, flashcards can be a great tool. After a few rounds with the cards, they should start to have some memorised and will continue to learn more as they keep practising.
Fruit or Vegetable of the Week
There are tons of fruits and vegetables to introduce to kids. You can slowly teach them about these foods in a memorable way by having a featured fruit or vegetable of the week. Each day you can teach them something new about this healthy food, like where it is from or how to grow it. You can also try to devise different ways to cook it for lunch or dinner.
Fruit and Vegetable Art Activities
Fruit and vegetable art encourages both creativity in children and good habits in lifestyle and food regime. Here are some different arts and crafts you kids will surely enjoy!
Basket of Fruits Craft
- Paper plate
- Paints or markers
- White paper
- First, take out the paper plate and colour it brown, either with paint or a marker.
- Then take a piece of white paper and outline the shape of your favourite fruits and vegetables.
- Cut out these fruits and vegetables and colour them.
- Glue the fruits and vegetables onto the brown paper plate, and you are done!
Bubble Wrap Pineapple
- White paper
- Yellow and green paints
- Bubble wrap
- Outline a pineapple, then cut it out.
- Paint one piece of your bubble wrap yellow, then another piece green.
- Place the painted bubble wrap onto the white paper outline of the pineapple so that the paint transfers with green on top and yellow on the bottom.
Pipe Cleaner Apples
- Pipe cleaners
- Take the pipe cleaners and twist them into the shape of a circle.
- You can put smaller pieces of pipe cleaner onto the top of the “apple” to add more details like a steam and a leaf.
Visit a Local Orchard or Garden
Many towns and communities have public gardens you can visit with your children to show them firsthand how and where fruits and vegetables grow. This visit would be an excellent opportunity to teach them how plants are taken care of, the nutrients they require, and how they are harvested.
Fruit and Vegetable Blind Taste Test
This taste test can be a fun game for older children to see which fruits and vegetables they can identify by taste. You will only need a few different fruits and vegetables and a blindfold then you are set to incorporate fun into your learning. You can also turn it into a competition by having your kids taste the same food simultaneously and see who can guess it first.
In all these activities, you were helping teach your child about fruits and vegetables while making sure they have fun and learn other essential skills. When teaching your children, be ready to correct them and provide support and encouragement in their education journey. Teaching your children about fruits and vegetables will help to install good eating habits at a young age, giving them a healthy start.
If you are looking for a daycare that will help teach your child fruits and vegetables in creative ways, contact The Learning Experience (TLE) Centre to find a location near you. Learn more about The Learning Experience in East Finchley here!
The Learning Experience- East Finchley Day Nursery and Preschool
250 East End Rd
London N2 8AU