Who said Kids Don’t Eat Their Veggies?
The preschoolers at the Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center participated in a Saturday Parent Meeting & Nutrition class where they made vegetable spaghetti and vegetable stir-fry. The parents attended a class on kindergarten readiness while the students learned food preparation.
School Nurse Pat Wilson believes students are more willing to sample new fruits and vegetables when they partake in preparing them for consumption. By helping in the kitchen, preschoolers learn that cooking can be a fun experience for all. While the students are chopping the vegetables, they are also tasting, touching, smelling, and talking about them. They become familiar with the various colors, textures, and flavors. If there is a texture or image that they do not like before the experience, this sometimes changes as a result of working with the vegetables.During the last experience, when the vegetables and spices were cooking, the aroma filled the room. Students were so excited when they smelled the food cooking and heard the words, “is it time to eat”. Almost all of the students ate their veggies and had seconds.
If you have picky eaters, put a chef’s hat on their heads and put them to work in the kitchen. The next time at dinner, they may try a bite or two.