Grow foods that someone in your family enjoys eating. While growing radishes is relatively easy, there's not much point if no one actually likes these root vegetables.
By Sarah Henry
Food is a fantastic teaching tool. Children can learn about math, chemistry, nutrition, biology, culture, history — you name it — all while playing with something that's both tactile and tasty.
And since eating is an everyday activity, food-related exercises help kids explore their environment through a medium that's fun and familiar. Adults can pass on their values about food, stress the importance of eating wholesomely, and encourage kids to learn to cook dishes they love as well as try something new as part of an edible education. The activity that follows can be adapted for any age group. Enjoy!
Kids dig eating food they’ve farmed themselves, and growing their own veggies, fruits, or herbs gives young ones a window into the natural world. Planting an edible garden helps your preschooler learn about the need for sun, water, and care — as well as the challenges (and benefits) of bugs. A nutritious bonus: Your child is more likely to try an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable she’s grown.
To prepare the educational soil, read children's classics like The Little Red Hen or The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss, to reinforce the value of growing your own food.