Farm to Table

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Where does our food come from? Think about different fruits and vegetables - and even the corn in your Cornflakes! Does it grow in the ground? On a tree? What does it need to grow? Have you ever seen fruit or vegetables growing in fields or even picked fruit and vegetables yourselves? Do you grow any food at home? Let’s find out more about where our food comes from.

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FOOD ORIGINS

Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:

Bingo Walk

Each child creates a list of things s/he might see outside. This list can be pictures for the younger kids and simple words for older kids.  Go for a walk near your house and see how many of each thing you can find. For those who like competition - let’s see who will be the first to find all the things on their list. Make sure to include fruit trees, herbs, or vegetable patches you see growing! Pay attention to what is growing now. Do you remember what other fruits and vegetables grow at other times of the year?

The Tiny Seed

THE TINY SEED

Read the book ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle or listen to it here.

  • What happens to the seed each season?

  • How does the weather change what happens to the seed?

  • What other things can help the seed grow and what makes it difficult for the seed or the plant to grow?

Green Thumbs

GREEN THUMBS

Plant a seed or plant scraps and see how they grow - watch this tutorial to find out how. Make sure to water it often and keep it in a place where it can get sunlight. Once you’ve planted your seed or seeds - write the name of the seed on a popsicle stick (and draw a picture) so you know what’s going to grow. For an extra craft activity - paint your pot!

What You Will Need:

  • Pot

  • Soil

  • Seeds

  • Popsicle sticks (optional)

  • Paint (optional)

Indoor Active

DANCE: Learn the dance Can You Plant a Bean?’ and find out what plants need to grow!

BONUS - For kids who are more curious about how plants grow - Watch this video.

Food Ideas

ORANGE JUICE: Where does orange juice come from? Oranges! Make your own orange juice!

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