Our last project explored the differences between two berries, blackberries and blueberries. We learned how they are different, tasted them, and made a smoothie with blackberries. Today, I wanted to teach Oliver about colors. He knows all of his colors, but we still work on them daily. He needs to recognize the colors in different situations and see how they vary. We were getting hungry for lunch so I came up with the idea for this project.
The color wheel is designed to help your child recognize the colors and name the fruits and vegetables that match each color. I chose the colors because I knew I could match them to items we had in the house. These are basic colors that every kid will recognize as well. Oliver sees these colors daily and he is asked to name them daily. This is a fun little project to help your child learn about colors, and explore some new foods. Even if they don’t want to try all of the foods you pick out, at least they will learn about them and be more likely to try them in the future. I spread the food out on the sheet of paper and placed each fruit or vegetable next to the color it matched. I knew exactly which item he was going to choose, but I wanted to see what he did before he made his decision. Give your child some time to look at all the items on the color wheel. Point out a new fruit or vegetable they haven’t tried yet and explain to them what it is. Oliver recognized the kale, peppers, and sprouts as something that Mommy eats. He wanted to eat the banana, apple, and pineapple.
Two questions to ask your child:
What is this fruit or vegetable?
What color is it? He explored all of the fruits and veggies on the table. Oliver chose to eat the apple and brought it over to the pineapple and said, “Apple. Pineapple!” He knows they are different, but recognized the similarity in the names. Kids will learn if you expose them to the same things consistently. The trick is repetition. If they won’t eat something the first five times you give it to them, keep trying! They might give it a chance on the sixth time.While he snacked on the apple, I went over all of the vegetables and fruit again. I held each one up individually and asked him what color is it, and what is this? He knew every one, and he tried the carrots, banana, orange, and apple. I ate the rest of the food for my snack. Oliver loves apples. He usually eats an apple every day, but sometimes he asks for oranges, blueberries, or grapes. I try to make sure there are at least five fruits in the house at all times so he can try something new. We also use the fresh fruits in smoothies, so they always get eaten. Even if he doesn’t eat them raw, he still gets to try them in his smoothies. Eating food should be a good experience for you and your child. If you have a picky eater, make trying new foods fun and use the opportunity to teach your kid something new. Every child will have a picky phase. They will fight you and only want to eat macaroni and cheese or drink juice. Be patient and get creative to encourage them to try new things.
Tip: Keep trying the same foods each week, adding one or two as you go along. Your child will likely choose the food you originally tried to give them instead of the new food introduced.
Make eating fun! Look for more new projects and fun snack ideas to come.