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Kids learn about healthy eating at the grocery store

Activity Idea: Fruit & Veggie Field Trip
   
Description: Kids take a field trip to a farmers market or grocery store and learn about produce.
Grade: 4-6
Supplies:
  • whiteboard and markers
  • fresh fruits & veggies purchased from the farmers market or grocery store
  • sink to wash produce
  • cutting knives, serving tray
  • paper plates, enough for each child

Activity:

  1. Before leaving for the farmers market or grocery store, write some points on the whiteboard for kids to pay attention to while on the field trip:
    • use your senses to experience fruits & veggies - smell, sight, sound, touch and taste( when taste-testing later)
    • notice the parts of plants we eat - roots, stems, flowers, fruit, seeds and leaves
    • students are to behave, pay attention to the teacher and only touch the fruits/veggies that are handed to them in the group
  2. As you lead the kids down the produce aisles:
    • point out the different colors.
    • show examples of edible stems, roots, flowers, fruit, seeds and leaves.
    • pass around a few produce examples to let kids feel the texture and smell the aroma.
    • Pick up a melon and thump with your finger to share the sound a riper melon makes (dull, solid) vs. an unripe melon (hollow or metallic sound).
    • Ask kids to count the number of fruits represented at the market, then the number of veggies.
    • Make your own choices or ask kids to vote on which 3 fruit and 3 veggies they want to taste test back at school. Purchase enough for all to get a small bite of each fruit/veggie.
  3. When back at school, wash produce thoroughly, cut into tasting pieces and serve on paper plates for kids to sample.


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