Learning never tasted so good! Kids of all ages love growing plants, and tasting them is a wonderful experiment for even the youngest students. Eating locally grown foods is a way we can impact the environment without getting overwhelmed by all the stuff we CAN’T change. Teaching kids (and grown-ups) about local foods is good for farmers, and communities, as well as students and their families.
Explore how carrots grow above and below the soil. Play a variation of Simon Says called Farmer Says to discover things broccoli needs to grow. Play parachute games simulating the seeds in a green bell pepper.
We worked with Team Nutrition at the Iowa Department of Education to create learning resources featuring Iowa-produced foods.
The learning activities feature at least one movement activity and observation activity, connect to science content, and include tips for a taste test. Full-color posters with fun facts highlight each food.
Also check out the Choose Iowa Resources, featuring similar activities, taste test tips, and posters for locally grown foods in Iowa.
Learning never tasted so good! The best way to learn about local foods is to grow and taste them. It’s a great next step for students, families, farmers, and communities.