- Environmental Standards
- Getting Other Staff on Board
- Articles, Emails, and Handouts
- Unit 1: Fruits and Vegetables
- Unit 2: Get Moving
- Unit 3: Be Sugar Smart
- Unit 4: Go for Good Fat
- Unit 5: Go for Whole Grains
- Unit 6: Super Snacks
- Unit 7: Fruits and Veggies Mix it Up
- Unit 8: Tune Out TV
- Unit 9: Play Hard
- Unit 10: Hydration
- Unit 11: Finale
- Recipe Packet
- Complete Curriculum
Find the Favorite
Children learn what fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by their friends and family members, and are encouraged to try new ones themselves.
Preparation and Materials:
- Print and copy "Find the Favorite" worksheet
- Pens or pencils for children who can write, crayons or colored pencils/markers for children who prefer to draw pictures
- Distribute interview sheets and pens/pencils to each child.
- Instruct the children to ask 3-5 friends the following questions:
- What is your favorite fruit? How do you like to eat it?
- What is your favorite vegetable? How do you like to eat it?
- Is there a fruit or vegetable that you do not like? What is it?
- Tally the results and make plans to serve the favorites.
- Discuss why children do not like a particular fruit or vegetable- is there a way that they might like it better? Come up with creative serving options (example: eat with a fun dip, try it with a sauce, or add a new spice). Remind children that most vegetables taste different when prepared differently. Conduct a taste test to compare some raw versus cooked foods, such as carrot sticks and cooked carrots or apples and applesauce.
- Conduct activity at pick-up time or give children the interview sheets to take home; have children interview their parents or caregivers and report on the results the next day.
- Have children bring in their favorite fruit or vegetable "recipes" from home and share with the group. Select some for snack. Compile into a fruit and veggie recipe book that students can decorate as part of a quiet activity and then take home.
- For older groups: create ads (on poster board) to represent the favorite fruits and vegetables of the group, with benefits, nutritional information, etc. Include the message that kids and adults should eat 5 a day.