Fun Kids’ Activity : Teach Kids Where Food Comes From!

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In today’s world of highly processed and prepackaged foods many children do not understand where the food they eat comes from or how it is made. In part, I believe that this disconnect from our food is one of the reasons that many kids {and adults} eat poorly. The scariest part is that childhood obesity and diabetes rates are rising at an alarming rate and we have to do something about it. I don’t know how many of you watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, but it was so sad to see the kids who had no idea what certain fruits and vegetables were. Kids didn’t know what a tomato or even a potato was! Incorporating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables into a child’s diet is obviously the first step, but I believe that we can also get kids excited about eating healthy food!

Kids love the outdoors and playing in the dirt so take advantage of that and consider planting a fruit and vegetable garden with your kids. This is educational and fun! Let the kids help every step of the way. They can plant, harvest and help cook the vegetables. This is a wonderful way to get kids excited about healthful eating!

I realize that not everyone has the time or even space for a garden, but the good news is that there are other ways to get kids eating healthier. How about visiting a local “pick your own” farm in your area. This past weekend we visited Washington Farms located in the Metro Atlanta area {Loganville} and had the best time!

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We all got to pick the most beautiful and delicious strawberries. It was a wonderful experience to be able to share with Lucas. He learned where strawberries come from, got to eat them right from the plant, and he is literally still talking about it! He has told all of his grandparents about how he picked “huge strawberries” right from the “leaves” as he put it LOL.

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To find a “pick your own” farm in your area, visit PickYourOwn.org! This is a great site that lists farms in the US, Canada, and other countries as well.

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