School holidays and weekends are being spent a little differently this winter so our Crunch&Sip team have come up with five activities involving fruit and vegetables to keep children entertained in the comfort of your own home.
We've included a range of activities from quiet time activities that need minimal supervision to some more upbeat whole of family activities.
1. Mini Farmers
Getting the kids into the garden and growing their own fruit and vegetables is great for their learning and development, and here's why:
- It encourages healthy eating. Kids are going to be excited about what they have grown and will more likely to eat or at least try what they grow.
- Helps with sensory development and building fine and gross motor skills.
- Teaches your children about responsibility and patience.
2. Our kitchen rules
Have a go at setting up your own home restaurant. From choosing the menu, to decorating the table and of course preparing the meals it will keep your child and children occupied and happy for hours. Download, print and decorate your chef's hat.
3. Fruit and vegetable mosaic
Put those old supermarket catalogues or newspaper ads to good use and recycle them for a creative quiet time activity. Ask your kids to use the pictures of fruit and vegetables to create a collage (you may need to help younger children cut out the pictures). Think fruit bowls, farms or fun abstract designs.
4. What's that vegetable or fruit? Putting taste buds to the test.
How well can your children identify what they are eating? Why not put their taste buds to the test. This activity gets children to mindfully taste, smell and describe what they are eating, it is also a great way to introduce new fruit and vegetables into their diet too.
5. Drama time with vegetables
Drama is a great way for kids to express emotions, build their confidence and have fun all at once! Get the creative juices following with a vegetable puppet theatre or challenge the kids to develop their own vegetable and fruit advertisement.
This article was originally published on crunchandsip.com.au.