Learning where your food comes from can be a very productive way of helping your kids develop healthy eating habits. If you see a carrot, maybe if your kid is lucky from the seed to your table, a light bulb goes off, or it should at least, in anyone's mind, especially a young child ripe for this sort of learning. So as I venture into teaching my child basic concepts, I aim to do this teaching holistically. What a great way to accomplish this approach by integrating fruits and vegetables into the “lesson”.
Here are a few examples:
- If you are peeling a beautiful orange carrot, take the time to show your child what you are doing, explain it to them in detail.Â My child is nearly 15 months so still young enough that he is absorbing colors and numbers.Â If your child is older, talk more in depth about where the carrot came from and how it ended up in your family's kitchen!
- Using grapes is a handy way to integrate a counting exercise
- Peppers comes in several different colors, identify those colors to your child with the real deal!
- Tomatoes are round and come to us in wonderful colors
- Apples come in variety of colors and begin with the first letter of the alphabet. What a great starting point.
- Bananas are yellow, shaped like a phone and monkeys eat them. Your child is bound to be interested in bananas so use that interest.
- Lettuce can come in beautiful shades of green and may remind your child of a tree, which, if your child is anything like mine, are very interesting objects to a child
- A fruit salad is a fun way to identify colors and categorize different objects (of course with clean hands and bowls)
Books are also a great tool.Â Here are a few that I use:
Have fun and happy eating!