Encourage children to eat healthy fruits and vegetables by making crafts. Once completed, these projects will remind the children of the importance of fruits and vegetables in their diets. According to the Center for Disease Control, consuming fruits and vegetables can play a key role in preventing cancer, strokes and type 2 diabetes. Make a teachable moment by emphasising their importance in children's diets as they work on their craft projects.
Clay Fruit Magnets
Mold polymer or modelling clay into fruits and vegetables. After baking them in the oven until they become hard, the kids can paint the fruits and veggies and then glue magnets to the backs of them. When they place the fruits and vegetables on their refrigerators at home, they can instantly be reminded to eat the real versions.
Real Mr. Potato Head
Have each student bring in a potato. Use the accessories from the modern plastic Mr. Potato Head toys to place in the potatoes and make an original, retro-style Mr. Potato Head, the way the toy was originally intended in the 1950s. Or, have students draw or craft accessories from paper and glue them to toothpicks. Then, have the students stick them into their potatoes to make a vegetable buddy.
Make your food come alive with fruit and vegetable puppets. Have children sketch pictures on pieces of paper (construction will work best to allow the fruits and vegetables to keep their shapes) of their favourite fruits and vegetables and put faces on them to give them a bit of character. Kids will cut out their fruits and vegetables and then glue them to Popsicle or craft sticks. Encourage the children to think up a script for their puppets to "act out" regarding why fruits and vegetables are so important for a healthy diet.
Fruit and Vegetable Masks
Have each child choose his favourite fruit or vegetable. Then, have him draw a piece of fruit or a vegetable that will be large enough to cover his face. Give the fruit and vegetable round eyes that he can cut out. Use a hole punch to put holes in either side and tie a string through either side. The child can then secure the mask using the string.
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