Kids are notoriously picky eaters, with vegetables often getting the blunt of the pickiness.
Simple activities such as this one makes kids think back on what they ate, and also remind them if they need to up their fruit and vegetable intake. Remember, kids are often presented with the same fruits and vegetables, prepared in the same way. I've talked to multiple kids about their least favorite foods and found that they were only having foods prepared one way (and it wasn't the way they liked). Think about how we all couldn't stand boiled brussel sprouts, but when you roast them in the oven and sprinkle some balsamic vinegar on it, it's like a whole new vegetable! Helping kids explore more ways to try the same foods, in a way that they prefer can help them increase their daily fruit and vegetable intake.
Alternative ideas for this activity could be:
- Draw or write 5 of your favorite vegetables (or fruits)
- Draw or write 5 vegetables (or fruits) you have never tried.
- Get creative! Let us know what you come up with!
You can download the worksheet here