Eat healthy, stay healthy
Did you know that bananas are real berries? And a tomato is actually a fruit? In March, the Bunnies/ Kittens had a fantastic time learning about “Fruits and Vegetables”. To end our Fruits and Vegetable theme, the children went to the supermarket and had a great time exploring various fruits and vegetables. Along with that theme, we also had a “Book Week”. The children had an amazing time throughout the book week with a variety of activities and presents. So without further ado, let’s go through what the children have covered in the fruits and vegetable theme.
Tooty fruity fresh and fruity
In Fruits, children learnt to name different fruits, feel and taste them, and make some creative art. They also learnt how they grow, basic information about germination. We talked about that fruits have seeds, and from that seed, more fruits grow. We also named our favorite fruits and shared which fruits they brought from home during our snack time. We also talked about how fruits make us healthy and give us vitamins to fight off diseases. We sang our two favorite songs: “Way up high” and “Form banana”. Form banana was a popular song. Along with learning about fruits, we also had a science experiment.
We had an exciting experiment. We experimented with oranges whereby they got to see that orange with the peel floated while the orange without the peel sank. The children were so curious that they all wanted to give it a try. So we kept on repeating the experiment a million times.
Fun fact: The orange with peel floated in the water while the orange without the peel sank in the water. This is because the peel has tiny air pockets that allow it to stay floating.
Go green, eat green
For the vegetable topic, we covered naming the vegetables, feeling each vegetable, making creative art, and eating them. We learnt how important vegetables are. They make us healthy and give us superpowers like good eyesight if we eat our carrots. We learnt that some vegetables grow above the soil and some under the ground.
Additionally, we learned that some leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach and some are root vegetables such as a carrot. They also got to know about roots, and that roots take up the water to grow. To make the topic more interesting, we made “Vegetable soup”, and it was a great sensory experience for them. We had a parent explain and show “Mushrooms” for Bunnies/Kittens. They got to see the ingredients, smell the soup when it’s cooking, listen to the vegetables cooking, saw the soup boiling and lastly, tasted the soup. We even had fun doing lots of hands-on activities such as; peeling and mashing the potatoes, peeling the pea pods to get peas.
Book week was by far the best week of the month. The children immensely enjoyed the book week, and each day they got excited doing all the activities. We had two main books for the week, “Brown Bear” and “We are going on a bear hunt”. The children thoroughly enjoyed both the books and ultimately memorized the books.
To make the book more exciting and alive, we did several activities. We went on the bear hunt pretend play, where the children sang and went through each part of the book (grass, river, mud, snow and cave). During this play, we had both laughter and some cries when they saw the big bear. We also had several art activities; a bear hunt map, binoculars and a brown bear book.
In the end, we would also like to thank the parents who willingly volunteered and read the book to the children. They were engrossed in listening to all the parents. On the last day of the book week, there was a book exchange, where they brought in the book and exchanged the books with other children.
Some of the learning experiences behind the “We’re going on the bear hunt” are;
- Encourages and promotes imaginative play and creativity.
- Getting little bodies moving through dance and rhythm.
- Develop and extend vocabulary.
- Rhyme – understanding rhyme in our spoken language helps children learn to read.
- Rhythm- helps children to remember words and develop auditory memory skills.
- Phonemic awareness – hearing and understanding that words are made up of individual sounds and other word patterns.
Nutrition is key!
We all know a saying that goes like this, “We are what we eat”. Children, as well as adults, must have a variety of fruits and vegetables. Once a baby starts solid foods, the child must be introduced to all kinds of fruits and vegetables. As a whole family, you all need to sit together at a dining table and eat healthy foods. Parents are the most important role models for children, and thus, parents have the sole responsibility of eating healthy food. Eating junk occasionally is okay, but it shouldn’t be the main food staple of the house. Remember, sweets like lollipop are bad for your child’s teeth. It’s okay to give them sweets sometimes but don’t form a habit. “Eat fruits plenty, keep body wealthy.”
How can you help your child to eat more fruits and vegetables?
1. Going to the supermarket and let the child lead what fruits and vegetables to buy and eat.
2. Taste a rainbow. “Eat your colours”. Have a plate full of different coloured fruits and veggies.
3. 5 a day. Have 5 different fruits and vegetables on their plate every day. “Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.”
4. Cook meals together. Involve your child in making meals and let them assist you in cutting the fruits and vegetables. You can also make creative foods like pizza together that involves vegetables.
5. Finally, the most essential food is Water! Make sure you all drink loads of fluids.
To read more: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/why-5-a-day/
Have a lovely Easter break and we will see you on the 12th of April. Happy Easter!