Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rainbow Nutrition

In Lois Ehlert's Planting a Rainbow and companion book Growing Vegetable soup, children are able to observe flowers and plants of every spectrum of color. In Planting a rainbow, mom and child plant flowers. Some start as bulbs, some start as seeds. After the flowers grow, they form a rainbow. The page sizes vary, making the rainbow very obvious. For each color, you can "lift the flap" and view flowers of that color. All of the flowers are well labeled which makes it interesting to the adult reader as well!
"Growing Vegetable Soup" is another book that follows the plant growth cycle. In this story, a child and daddy plant a vegetable garden. Included are bold, bright, geometric pictures of tools and plants.
These books can both be useful in getting your child to try different foods. 
We've been trying to vary our food choices around here as well. I've been trying to come up with fun ways to get the kids to try foods. One thing we've tried is "eating a rainbow". I painted a bunch of clothespins each color of the rainbow. When one of the boys tries a food of new color, they can clip a colored pin onto their shirts. They love the challenge of it!

I've also tried to be creative in using a lot of color at every meal. From vegetable soups (like in the Ehlert book) to yummy fruit salads to fruity desserts. 

One of our favorite desserts is this build your own fruit pizza. I made sugar cookies (from a mix folks, I'm no Martha Stewart here). The sugar cookies were the base of the fruit pizza. Then we used cream cheese frosting (canned) for the "sauce". Finally, everyone was able to top their pizza with delicious fruits that they chose. While it isn't entirely healthy, it's a good way to get kids to try a new fruit.
We are gearing up for St. Pat's and spring with all kinds of rainbow ideas this week. Check out our Rainbow Sorting Tub for a fun way to introduce math into play!
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  1. Love the clothespin idea and the fruit pizza cookies! Pinning it!

  2. Thanks for these book recommendations! I am planning a plant unit, and now I have my first two books for the Language Arts portion! :D

  3. Eating lots of colors of food is supposed to be healthy and give lots of vitamins! This is a fun way to approach healthy eating and reading, too. Thanks so much, Carolyn

  4. I love these books and so do the girls. They would really love the idea of making a fruit pizza I can't wait to try it with them!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to stART :)

  5. The fruit pizza is such a great way to eat a rainbow of foods!

  6. I love both of those books. Thanks for sharing such great idea. My preschoolers would get a kick out of wearing the colored clothespins.

  7. The clothes pins are such a great idea! I love these books too.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.