It’s national eat your veggies day! Really everyday is a day to eat your veggies, but sometimes that gets forgotten. So in honor of this special day here are a few ideas for working veggies into kid’s everyday activities to create an environment that reflects healthy practices.
- Include fruits and vegetables of multiethnic selections in your dramatic play area. Think sushi rolls, steamed dumplings, and tortillas . . . these are easy to find now in most children’s toy sections. Avoid cakes and ice cream.
- Instead of make believe visits to the ice cream parlor or candy store, create props and activities focused on visits to the farmers’ market and the doctor’s office. Or even better, actually go there.
- Count fruits and vegetables for math lessons and leave the cookies and candies off the table. Berries, carrot coins, and pepper sticks are just a few ideas.
- Sing songs about healthy practices instead of songs about bubblegum and sugary treats. You might have to do a little internet searching for these songs, but there are some fun ones out there.
- Pick books for story time that convey positive nutrition and health messages.
Kids really do learn from what they experience and if they have continued exposure to healthy examples it simply becomes a part of who they are.
And, of course, we couldn’t leave you without a tasty veggie dish on eat your veggie day J
Check out The Early Sprouts Cookbook for more ideas on helping children learn healthy habits for life and recipes that kids love.