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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Garden is a Great Place to Teach Kids

A Garden is a Great Place to Teach Kids
A garden is a great place to teach kids valuable lessons while spending enjoyable time together. Gardening can be more entertaining than any video game. Kids get a kick out of playing in the dirt, planting seeds and watching them grow. There's no better way to get kids to eat veggies than to grow their own.
· Let them choose. While at a nursery or garden center, ask your children to pick out a few seeds or plants they want to grow. If they're involved from the very beginning, they're more likely to remain interested throughout the growing season.
· Continue in the kitchen. Invite your children to help you make dinner by adding cut-up garden produce to a salad or soup, and let them snack on a few as you cook. Don't be surprised if they learn to love veggies.
· Put kids in charge. Ask your child to create and name new vegetable or fruit creations. Let them arrange raw veggies or fruits into a fun shape or design.
Bugs on a Log
Use celery, cucumber, or carrot sticks as the log and add peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, or cherries, depending on what bugs you want!
Sources:
1. Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits: United States Department of Agriculture.
2. Food Safety for Preschoolers: United States Department Agriculture
Article written by Sandy Preston, MS, Extension Educator in Dixon County, NE.

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