Explore food and language for a delicious learning experience!
Reading stories about healthy foods and extending the literacy experience through play is a great way to expose children to new food, learn more about healthy habits, and create a love for nourishing their body in mindful ways.
The more children are aware of the variety of foods and where they come from the greater sense of openness they will have to eating healthy.
Through hands-on no pressure play they may experience so much pleasure in reenacting cooking that they will become more prone to eating a variety of foods.
Book About Healthy Foods
Pretend Play Foods
Ladle and Utensils
Receptive Language (Listening and Understanding), Expressive Language (Speaking Second Language), Receptive Language (Listening), Expressive Language (Speaking)
Using descriptive language.
Read a book that features healthy foods with the children. Name and talk about each of the healthy foods.
Now pretend to make some healthy soup!
Step 3: Start by bringing out a soup pot, bowls, water, ladle, along with healthy pretend play foods.
Have each child pick a food to add to the pot. Help them name the food when they add it. For example, you might say, "X you added a bell pepper, and X is adding a mushroom. Don't forget to give it a stir."
Older toddlers might want to extend their play by pretending to scoop up and serve the soup in bowls or wash dishes. They may have other play ideas.
Which vegetables have you tried?
Which ones do you like the taste of?
Which vegetables were fuzzy, bumpy, smooth, crunchy, juicy?
Which vegetables did you like the most/least? Why?
How do you think this vegetable grows?
How did these vegetables get to our house or classroom?