Help your child understand the importance of the senses by asking questions like "If the popcorn smelled like rotten eggs, would you still eat it?" and "If the popcorn tasted like wet cardboard, would you still eat it?"
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!
Share kernels of knowledge with your child — literally. Making popcorn is not only a fun and tasty treat for kids, but it also provides an opportunity to teach them about how body parts are used for learning. Explain to your child that eyes are for seeing and watching, ears are for listening, a nose is for smelling, hands are for touching, and a tongue is for tasting.
And a mouth is for reciting catchy rhymes! Teach your child the poem “The Popcorn Hop,” by Stephanie Calmenson:
Put your popcorn in a pot.
Wait till it gets really hot.
When you start to feel the heat,
Listen for the popcorn beat:
Come and do the popcorn hop!
Check out this poppin’ literature: The Popcorn Book, by Tomie de Paola, and Popcorn, by Frank Asch.
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