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Take a Two Minute Cartoon Break

Watch this great two minute animated video on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIoMWS23fMg&feature=youtu.be  Interior Health describes their “new” approach to food in child care and encourages all child care providers to offer food activities, even if they don’t offer meals or snack. A series of handouts with great ideas for snacks and lunches are available on the Interior Health website www.interiorhealth.ca/childcarefood.  Please share this link with your colleagues and friends. 

How Children Learn About Food

Children learn about food through their senses. Toy food, play kitchens and books about food are great, but nothing influences children as much as seeing, smelling, touching, hearing and tasting real food.  Even if you don’t offer meals and snacks, doing simple food activities with children is a fun way to experiment with new and familiar foods.  Pretend to be “food explorers” and explore a variety of foods. It can be fun to pick a theme such as “leafy greens” (lettuce, spinach, kale, Swill chard, etc.) or “down under vegetables” (sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, etc.).  Children love to help prepare an easy snack or simply sample the learning materials!

Find more ideas on food activities for children in the Food Flair manual and the new fact sheet, Food Activities for Young Children.  Both resources are posted on the Interior Health website:  www.interiorhealth.ca/childcarefood.  

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