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Can't Say Enough about Carrots
- Read the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.
- Try to grow carrots from seed, either outside or inside, creating a bucket or dishpan garden. (Cut holes in the bottom of the container to allow for drainage. Add soil to the top edge.)
- Carrots that you grow (or buy from the store or farmers market) can be used for counting, measuring and other math-related activities. Have your child help you wash the carrots. Try them cooked and in different recipes such as Happy Face Salad (below). Carrots are a wonderful source of vitamin A, which is needed for healthy eyes; yogurt has calcium for healthy teeth and bones; and raisins have iron.
- 2 carrots
- 1 small can crushed pineapple
- 1⁄2 cup vanilla yogurt
- Peel carrots and save a few long shavings. (Later, you will roll them up and make "hair.")
- Grate carrots with a grater. (To prevent a choking hazard, small strips are best. Do not cut small round pieces.)
- Pour the pineapple into a strainer and use the back of a spoon to push the juice out.
- Combine the grated carrots, crushed pineapple and vanilla yogurt.
- Spoon a mound of this mixture onto a plate, then make eyes, nose and mouth with raisins.
- Now add your rolled-up carrot shavings for hair.
- Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
- Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
- The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
- Max's Breakfast by Rosemary Wells.
- D.W. the Picky Eater by Marc Brown.
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban.
Happy Face Salad
*Note: Raisins pose a choking hazard for children under three who do not have molars and cannot chew them. Substitute blueberries, raspberries, peas or even mandarin orange sections.
There are many books available in the local library that have food-related themes, such as:
Books can also be used to awaken taste buds in picky eaters: